Information and activities are from the NIE guide, “Reading Realities” distributed by the NIE Institute.


Language Arts – Onomatopoeia

Onomatopoeia is the use of words that sound like what they mean.  For example, the words buzz and cuckoo sound like what they represent.  A writer often uses onomatopoeia to help the reader “hear” a description.  News feature stories and comic strips frequently contain examples of onomatopoeia.

1. Examine one issue of your newspaper.  Focus on headlines and retail ads to locate and clip as many “sound words” as you can find.  If you want to find more “sound words,” use the features and comics of the newspaper to locate additional examples.

2. Write or clip & paste the examples you find on a piece of paper.  Divide them into the following categories:

Quiet Words

Noisy Words