Onomatopoeia 1
In 'The fire is crackling and the wood is hissing' the words 'crackling' and 'hissing' are known as onomatopoeia.

Onomatopoeia 1

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

There are two quizzes on the subject, so to sharpen your onomatopoeic skills, give them both a go!

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

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