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Writing: Making Vocabulary Choices 2

In this worksheet, students examine and consider onomatopoeia (use of words that sound like the object or action they are describing) to engage readers of their writing.

'Writing: Making Vocabulary Choices 2' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  English

Curriculum subtopic:  Grammar: Alliteration & Onomatopoeia

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Onomatopoeia is the use of words that sound like the object or action they are describing.

 

The cat miaowed.

The word miaow sounds like the noise the cat actually makes.

 

Jake jumped into the water with a splash.

The word splash sounds like the noise Jake would make when he hit the water.

 

In this worksheet you can read lots of different examples of onomatopoeia.

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the water was making.

 

The water gurgled down the plughole.

water

gurgled

down

plughole

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the clock was making.

 

The grandfather clock ticked loudly in the hallway.

grandfather

clock

ticked

loudly

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the sausages were making.

 

The sausages sizzled in the frying pan.

sausages

sizzled

frying

pan

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the vase made when it fell.

 

The vase fell onto the tiled floor with a loud crash.

vase

fell

floor

crash

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the balloon made.

 

The balloon burst with a loud pop.

balloon

burst

loud

pop

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the pan lid made when it fell.

 

The pan lid slipped off the kitchen bench and clattered to the floor.

slipped

kitchen

clattered

floor

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the fire made.

 

The fire crackled merrily in the hearth.

fire

crackled

merrily

hearth

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the elastic band made.

 

The elastic band snapped and flew across the room.

elastic

band

snapped

flew

Read the sentences and tick the word that describes the sound the boot made.

 

Kayla's boot was stuck in the mud so she pulled hard on it. It finally came out with a loud squelch.

stuck

pulled

came

squelch

Match up the animals with the onomatopoeic words used to describe the sounds they make.

Column A

Column B

cow
buzz
duck
squeak
bee
hiss
snake
moo
mouse
quack
  • Question 1

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the water was making.

 

The water gurgled down the plughole.

CORRECT ANSWER
gurgled
  • Question 2

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the clock was making.

 

The grandfather clock ticked loudly in the hallway.

CORRECT ANSWER
ticked
  • Question 3

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the sausages were making.

 

The sausages sizzled in the frying pan.

CORRECT ANSWER
sizzled
  • Question 4

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the vase made when it fell.

 

The vase fell onto the tiled floor with a loud crash.

CORRECT ANSWER
crash
  • Question 5

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the balloon made.

 

The balloon burst with a loud pop.

CORRECT ANSWER
pop
  • Question 6

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the pan lid made when it fell.

 

The pan lid slipped off the kitchen bench and clattered to the floor.

CORRECT ANSWER
clattered
  • Question 7

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the fire made.

 

The fire crackled merrily in the hearth.

CORRECT ANSWER
crackled
  • Question 8

Read the sentence and tick the word that describes the sound the elastic band made.

 

The elastic band snapped and flew across the room.

CORRECT ANSWER
snapped
  • Question 9

Read the sentences and tick the word that describes the sound the boot made.

 

Kayla's boot was stuck in the mud so she pulled hard on it. It finally came out with a loud squelch.

CORRECT ANSWER
squelch
  • Question 10

Match up the animals with the onomatopoeic words used to describe the sounds they make.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

cow
moo
duck
quack
bee
buzz
snake
hiss
mouse
squeak
---- OR ----

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