Saturday, January 3, 2015

Onomatopoeia Fun With the Kindergarteners!

"Onomatopoeia! Onomatopoeia!" is being chanted over and over and over again, complete with hand motions throughout the library to the beat/tune of the Conga.
Why you ask? Well, I have just introduced the kindergarteners to onomatopoeia and the best way to learn something new is to have a catchy tune about it that gets stuck in your head. There are some amazing picture books that feature onomatopoeia such as Red Sled by Lita Judge or The Lion and the Mouse by Jerry Pinkney and while I love using those there are some others I enjoy as well. Have you checked these out yet?

After learning about onomatopoeia and sharing examples of onomatopoeia, each class brainstormed onomatopoeia they have heard during a storm. We then took those words and turned them into these amazing onomatopoeia poems. Here are four of them.

By the Explorers' 
Crash went the thunder
 Dun dun went the thunder
 Ahhhh! Yelled the Explorers
 Drip Drop went the rain
 Splish Splash in the puddle
 Whoosh went the wind
 Pssshhh the umbrellas flew away
 Flash went the lightning
 Boom went the thunder
 Flick the lights went out

By The Shooting Stars 
Boom! Crash! Perrrrrrr!
 Zzzztttttt! Prow Prow! Lightning lit up the sky
 Whoosh! Roosh! Wind  passed the house
 Drip drop! Drip drop! The rain fell
 Mmmmmm….The hot chocolate is good

By Na Honu
It was a rainy day
 Plop! Plop! Plop! Plop!
 It was a stormy day
 Crash! Boom! Ka-boom!
 Water rushed down the stream
 Shhhhhhhhh! Shhhhhhhhhh!
 Lightning struck
 Zzztttt! Zap! Zzzttt! Zap!
 The sky was pitch black

By The Rainbows 
Boom! Ka-Boom! Chhhhhh!
Went the thunder
 Crash! Bam! Chop!
The trees fell down
 Whoosh! Woooooo! Shhhhhh!
Blowing the leaves away
 Splash! Drip! Pitter Patter!
Watering the plants
 Zap! The lights went out

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