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Writing: Making Vocabulary Choices 1

In this worksheet, students explore the use of onomatopoeia to create effects in their own writing.

'Writing: Making Vocabulary Choices 1' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Composition

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar and Vocabulary Awareness

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

Onomatopoeia words sound like the noise they describe. Writers often use these words to help us imagine a scene more clearly.

for example: crash, sizzle, bang

A boy has kicked a ball through the window and it has smashed

The ball broke the window with a loud smash.

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

The book landed on the floor with a ______.

tinkle

sizzle

thud

crash

miaow

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

The vase fell to the floor with a ______.

thud

crash

miaow

sizzle

splash

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

The sausages were ______ in the frying pan.

splashing

sizzling

roaring

thudding

smashing

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

I heard a faint ______ as the kitten appeared at the window.

sizzle

thud

miaow

roar

smash

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

The water poured out of the watering can and landed at my feet with a ______.

splash

thud

roar

sizzle

bang

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

With an almighty ______, the lion pounced.

miaow

roar

groan

sigh

bang

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

The waves hit the rocks with a loud ______.

squeak

crash

roar

sigh

thud

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

With a loud ______, the train went into the tunnel.

whimper

roar

bang

hoot

squeak

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

The mouse gave a short ______ and scurried under the shed.

hiss

miaow

roar

squeak

bark

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

The balloon burst with a ______.

tinkle

thud

roar

pop

splash

  • Question 1

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

The book landed on the floor with a ______.

CORRECT ANSWER
thud
EDDIE SAYS
You've got this! Think about how the 'book' would land. We use 'thud' to describe the sound of the book hitting the floor.
  • Question 2

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

The vase fell to the floor with a ______.

CORRECT ANSWER
crash
EDDIE SAYS
Great effort! Keep thinking you are describing the sound. How would you describe a 'vase' hitting the floor. It would 'crash'.
  • Question 3

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

The sausages were ______ in the frying pan.

CORRECT ANSWER
sizzling
EDDIE SAYS
You getting that hang of this now? Although we can not hear the sound we use onomatopoeia to describe what we think it could sound like. 'Sizzling' is used to describe the sausages.
  • Question 4

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

I heard a faint ______ as the kitten appeared at the window.

CORRECT ANSWER
miaow
EDDIE SAYS
What noise does a 'kitten' make? Imagine you are trying to describe to a small child what noise was being made.
  • Question 5

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

The water poured out of the watering can and landed at my feet with a ______.

CORRECT ANSWER
splash
EDDIE SAYS
Super star! We often use the word 'splash' when describing water.
  • Question 6

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

With an almighty ______, the lion pounced.

CORRECT ANSWER
roar
EDDIE SAYS
Again here you just need to think about what noise a lion would make. 'Roar' is the best option here when we look at the context of the sentence.
  • Question 7

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

The waves hit the rocks with a loud ______.

CORRECT ANSWER
crash
EDDIE SAYS
If you are unsure of which one to use, read through the sentence and use in option in the blank space. Which sentence best describes the noise the waves would have made. 'Crash' is the best option to use here. Keep up the great effort!
  • Question 8

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

With a loud ______, the train went into the tunnel.

CORRECT ANSWER
hoot
EDDIE SAYS
In this example you need to think about what noise trains make when going into a tunnel or passing a station they aren't stopping at. 'Hoot' is the word that best describes this noise.
  • Question 9

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

The mouse gave a short ______ and scurried under the shed.

CORRECT ANSWER
squeak
EDDIE SAYS
Looking good! A mouse would not 'roar' or 'miaow'. We use the word 'squeak' to describe the noise of the mouse.
  • Question 10

Choose the onomatopoeia word that best completes the sentence.

 

The balloon burst with a ______.

CORRECT ANSWER
pop
EDDIE SAYS
High five! The word we use to describe the sound of a balloon bursting is 'pop'.
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