Onomato-what?! (Grades K-2)

Kaboom! Pow! Zap! Children sure to have fun finding onomatopoetic words through comic strips.

Cartoon superhero with a car and the city behind him

What is Onomatopoeia?

Onomatopoeia is when a word’s pronunciation imitates its sound. When you say an onomatopoetic word, it sounds like the noise you are referring to.

For example:

  • The clanging pots and pans scared the baby.
  • The wolves howled at the moon.
  • The race car driver revved his engine.
  • The eggs sizzled in the pan.

When is it used?

Onomatopoeia is used in descriptive writing when referring to sounds. It’s famously used in comic books.

Where can I find onomatopoeia?

With the help of a grown-up, look through some comic strips and identify the onomatopoeic words. Or, listen closely to the sounds you hear as you go about your days, such as the sound of your alarm clock blaring, the dripping of a sink faucet, or the whir of a scooter or bike. What sounds seem onomatopoeic?

How can I make my own onomatopoeia?

Use inspiration from the superhero comics and you imagination to create your own onomatopoeic words! Try to make your own comic strip and send your creation to summeradventure@neric.org or use #CapRegSummer in your social media posts for a chance to be featured.