Lessons & Units :: Figurative Language Kindergarten Unit

Lesson 1: Onomatopoeia

Lesson Plan

Old MacDonald Had a Farm

Old MacDonald Had a Farm
Learning Goal
Identify and describe onomatopoeia in literature.
Approximately 50 minutes
Necessary Materials
Provided: Example Chart for Direct Teaching, Independent Practice Worksheet
Not Provided: Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Prue Theobalds, chart paper, markers
  • Teacher Modeling

    will chart sound words such as “whoosh,” “buzz,” “meow,” etc. (Example Chart is provided). I will model reading sound words and identifying the object or animal that makes that sound.

  • Think Check

    Ask: "How did I read onomatopoeia words?" Students should respond that you sounded out the word and then thought about what object or animal makes that sound. You then read the word with expression.

  • Guided Practice

    will read Old MacDonald Had a Farm by Prue Theobalds aloud, stopping before the last page of the book. (The last page will serve as the Independent Practice.) We will identify the sound words on each page and the animal that makes each sound.

  • Independent Practice

    will look at the page provided by your teacher. You will circle the onomatopoeic words and draw a picture of each animal that makes that sound. (Independent Practice is provided). Note: The teacher will need to make a photocopy of the last page of the book for Independent Practice. Students can use this to identify onomatopoeic words and use the Independent Practice page to draw the animal.

Build Student Vocabulary farm

Tier 2 Word: farm
Contextualize the word as it is used in the story “Old MacDonald had a farm, E-I-E-I-O! And on that farm he had some sheep, E-I-E-I-O!”
Explain the meaning student-friendly definition) A farm is a place used to grow plants and raise animals for food. Corn is grown on a farm. Many animals live on a farm such as pigs, cows, horses, and sheep.
Students repeat the word Say the word farm with me: farm.
Teacher gives examples of the word in other contexts Once I visited a farm and saw chickens laying eggs. I also saw wheat and corn growing on a farm.
Students provide examples What other animals could you see on a farm? Start by saying, “On a farm I could see ______________________.”
Students repeat the word again. What word are we talking about? farm

Build Student Background Knowledge

After reading the book, identify one purpose for having each animal on the farm. For example, dogs protect the sheep from wolves. Horses help humans carry goods around the field. Cows produce milk. Chickens lay eggs. Goats produce milk. Pigs and Turkeys are made into food products, etc.

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