Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Ono Mato What?

Motivate your students with fun figurative language activities for the ELA classroom!

Oink! BOOM! Ker-plunk.  POW! Cha-ching, cock-a-doodle do!  This is what you would have heard if you were hanging outside my classroom door today!  No, it wasn't bring-your -farm-animal-to-school day...
                     it was actually onomatopoeia day!

Ono Mato What???  Onomatopoeia are words that imitate actual sounds.

For the next two weeks, my students and I are embarking on an exciting study of literary devices.   For today's lesson we used the Literary Devices Poster and Foldable set from my TpT store.  Students  folded, cut, and glued their foldable into their reading journals.  I showed them the poster for onomatopoeia and modeled for them how to write the definition and example into their book.

 Next, I had students meet me on the carpet and I shared with them a couple of my favorite books: Roller Coaster by Marla Frazee and That's Good That's Bad by Margery Cuyler.

Both of these books are a lot of fun and students love to grab them up later to look more closely at the detailed illustrations.

After I had shared some examples from children's literature and a list I found on the web, I had students choose one onomatopoeia (everyone had to choose a different one) and gave them speech frames to write them in.  Here is their final display:

You will find a lot of resources for onomatopoeia on the web.  Here is a printable pdf list from Read Write Think .

Tomorrow we will be adding abundant alliterations to our academics.  Tongue twisters will be the talk of the town as we tinker with our language toolbox!  I hope you take a moment to check in here at Literacy Loves Company!


  1. Where did you get your speech frames to print out?

    Wendie Turner

    1. Hi Wendie! I made them. They are part of my Figurative Language Unit on Teachers Pay Teachers. If you have PowerPoint, they would be easy enough to make yourself. Just go to insert shapes!
      Best of luck!

    2. Ohhh great idea! LOL Thank you so much!