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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:  

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar and Vocabulary Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

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

 

cat

The cat miaowed.

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

 

Little boy jumping in a muddy puddle

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
hiss
bee
squeak
snake
quack
mouse
moo
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
You've got this! Which word describes a sound? 'Gurgled' best describes the sound of water going down a plug hole.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort. You need to identify the word that describes what noise the clock made. 'Ticked' is the word that best describes the actual sound of the clock.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
Did you get it right? Again here you are looking for the word that best describes the noise the sausages made in the pan. 'Sizzled' is the word that describes the sound.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
Super effort! Remember you are looking for the word that best describes the sound that was made. 'Crash' is the word we use to describe how the vase sounded when it fell on the floor.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
You getting the hang of this now? The trick is to imagine how you think it would sound. What sound would you use to describe the action? 'Pop' is the word we use to describe the balloon popping.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
This is a tricky one. Just remember you are looking for the sound that was made. In this example the pan lid 'clattered'. Keep up the great effort!
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
High five! 'Crackled' is the word that is used to describe the sound of the fire.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
What a star! 'Snapped' is the word used to describe the sound of the elastic band. Remember you are not describing the action you are looking for the sound that was made.
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
Again here it could be easier to think about the action of the welly. You need to think about the sound the welly made. 'Squelch' describes the sound the welly made coming out the mud. Nearly there!
  • 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
EDDIE SAYS
Fantastic effort! Imagine you have to make the animal sounds. Which words would you use to make them?
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