Lessons & Units

Figurative Language Kindergarten Unit


Lesson 1 Onomatopoeia Identify and describe onomatopoeia in literature.

Unit Extension Ideas

  • Have students identify onomatopoeia in the following books: Click, Clack, Moo Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin; Giggle, Giggle, Quack by Doreen Cronin (Students may act out what “giggle” looks and sounds like.); and Tick-Tock, Drip-Drop by Nicola Moon (Students may identify other sounds that they hear at home.)
  • Create picture cards and sound cards. Have students match each picture with the appropriate sound card. For example, the picture card of the duck will go with the card that reads “quack.”
  • Record different sounds with onomatopoeia and have students identify the object or animal that makes that sound.
  • Have students draw an animal or object. Students will trade with a partner and identify the sound of the animal or object in the partner’s drawing.
  • Read a sound aloud while students draw and label a picture of an object or animal that may make that sound.
  • Have students observe and identify sounds around the school, playground, and neighborhood of the school. If possible, go on a sound walk with students so they can listen to different sounds. Then, have students draw a picture of the object or animal and the sound it makes. Use each student’s page in a class book about onomatopoeia. You can also use the sound walk to create a class poem using onomatopoeia.
  • Point out sounds routinely made in the classroom (for example, shutting a door). Ask students to describe that sound and try to make the sound into a word.

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