Writing onomatopoeia poems with elementary schoolers is a blast!
The first poem we wrote at Northfield Elementary was a sound riddle using onomatopoeia words. The class had to guess where the poet was, or what activity s/he was doing. (Find the lesson description here.)
They've got some out-of-the-box thinkers -- take a look at these poems by third graders.
Poet: Joshua G.
I would never have thought of this place for a poem, but it's perfect for onomatopoeia. Can you guess where Joshua is? I hear air nozzles buzzing. I feel the padded chair. I see pairs of pliers. I smell molding goop. I feel slimy spit on my chest, hands twisting wires in my mouth. I see a person in a lab coat. I hear, “Brush your teeth
after every meal.” I hear kids crying. I smell toothpaste. I hear, “You can leave.”Poet: Alexandra P. Alexandra's class loved hearing her read this poem.
I hear a splash of water as I play with glee,
as I hear bubbles popping,
as a rubber duck sails by,
as I unplug the drain,
as I hear water
I get out
as I chatter my teeth
as I get a towel to get warm.