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Onomatopoeia
The snake hissed. The word 'hiss' is an example of onomatopoeia.

Onomatopoeia

This quiz works on expanding the vocabulary of children in Key Stage 1. Onomatopoeia words are used in their daily lives and it is important for them to know how to write them. Stories can be brought to life by using onomatopoeia and this quiz aims to improve their knowledge of literacy and, of course, the English language.

Sometimes it’s easier to say what we want to write. This is certainly the case when we want to explain the noise of a crashing window pane. That’s why we use words called onomatopoeias – they are words that spell sounds.

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1.
Finish this sentence with an onomatopoeia: The fire...
crackled
was hot
was red
banged
Every house should have a fire alarm fitted - it's best to be safe!
2.
Which word describes the noise a runny tap makes?
drip
boing
bang
smash
The word tells you what is happening and the sound it makes. All the other answers are onomatopoeias too.
3.
What noise do bees make?
squeak
bleat
buzz
quack
For this, we could say they buzz or bzzzz.
4.
What noise will these children make when they jump?
bang
swoosh
boing
splash
Trampolining is in the Olympics!
5.
Finish this sentence with an onomatopoeia: The crying baby screamed...
baa
meow
waaa
woof
The word 'waaa' won't be in the dictionary as it's a made up word. It's a word used to explain a sound.
6.
Finish this sentence with an onomatopoeia: The doorbell went...
boing
bang
ding dong
ding dang
Nowadays you can change the sound of your doorbell, whereas before it always made a 'ding dong' noise.
7.
Finish this sentence with an onomatopoeia: The wolf went...
meow
cluck
grrr
hiccup
Wolves live and hunt in groups called packs.
8.
This person is diving into the water. What sound will this make?
boing
meow
splash
whoosh
A fixed diving board is called a platform.
9.
Which word sounds like the noise a dog makes?
oink
woof
roar
meow
Onomatopoeias try to recreate the way a noise sounds through letters.
10.
Finish this sentence with an onomatopoeia: The bomb went...
ping
crackle
swoosh
boom
Onomatopoeias make your writing more vivid and interesting, so try to include one next time you write a story.
Author:  Finola Waller

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