Onomatopoeia 01
In 'The fire is crackling and the wood is hissing' the words 'crackling' and 'hissing' are known as onomatopoeia.

Onomatopoeia 01

Onomatopoeia refers to words which make the sound they suggest, e.g. zip, crack, crash, buzz. Onomatopoeia is hard to say and even harder to spell, however it's not as scary as it looks!

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  1. Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
    'Zap!' 'Pow!' 'Splat!' the hero was the winner.
    Keep a list of onomatopoeic words to use in writing
  2. Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
    The bees buzzed and whizzed from flower to flower.
    Use onomatopoeia to make your writing interesting
  3. Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
    The saucepan lids crashed and clattered onto the floor.
    Other suitable noisy words here: 'clashed'/'jangled'
  4. Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
    Birds chirped as they flew over the gurgling stream.
    Animal sounds are onomatopoeic: 'baa'/'quack'
  5. Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
    The wind shrieked and blew the rattling leaves along.
    Using 'rattle' informs the reader that the leaves are dry
  6. Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
    The storm broke with rain and flashes of lightning.
    'Crash'/'bang'/'thump'/'thud' describe storms too
  7. Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
    Dogs splashed and sploshed in the burbling brook.
    You can use 'chattering'/'bubbling' for the brook too
  8. Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
    The old chair rasped and creaked as it rocked.
    Use 'squeaked'/'squealed' for 'creaked' too
  9. Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
    Wailing gnats whirred around the cascading water.
    You could use 'gushing'/'plunging' for the water too
  10. Find the onomatopoeic word(s) in the following sentence.
    Listen! The fire is crackling and the the wood is hissing.
    'Crackling'/'hissing' are onomatopoeic words

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