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Lesson 4: Listen and Learn

Time Required: One 40-minute class period: at-home extension 

Materials: Name That Sound student worksheet, supplies as needed depending on student projects

This lesson uses the sound device onomatopoeia to help students identify sound effects in poetry.

Activity Steps:

1. Begin this lesson by having students make sound effects: i.e., tapping on their desk, barking like a dog, etc.

2. Write the names of the sound effects on the board.

3. Explain that onomatopoeia means words that imitate the sounds they describe.

4. Distribute the activity sheet and read aloud the poetry excerpts with the class, emphasizing the onomatopoeic words. Do the word activity as a class. You may wish to visit: www.examples-of-onomatopoeia.com for more sound-effect word ideas. Encourage students to write a poem using sound-effect words. Display their work in the classroom or create a class poetry book.

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