Onomatopoeia are words that can be associated with sound effects.  Their meaning is tied to the sound of the word. 

For this writing challenge, select the Onomatopoeia Bonus Word list.  (Teachers can copy it from the Shared Bonus Word Tab, then assign it to their class.)  Try to incorporate all of the sound effect bonus words into your story.

Here’s the really fun part!  Get creative when you share your Onomatapoeia story.  Print out your story, then go through and highlight the onomatopoeia bonus words.  Then, you can share it in one of these ways:

1.  Get Dramatic

In reading your story, when you read a sound effects word, get dramatic!  Instead of just reading “bump,” read it like, “BUMP!” This is a great way to combine drama with reading your story aloud.

2.  Encourage Audience Participation

Another way to present your story is to make up signs for each of your sound effect words.  So, for example, when you get to the word woof in your story, you hold up the sign and everyone listening to your story joins in by making the sound effect.

3.  Become a Foley Artist

Look around for objects that make sounds similar to the sound effect words in your story.  For example, for boom, find a large bucket and bang it with your fist.  For pop, you could find a plastic bag or even a balloon.  As you read your story to a friend or your classmates, instead of reading the word, make the sound effect with the objects.