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Buzz! Whiz! Bang! Using Comic Books to Teach Onomatopoeia

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Buzz! Whiz! Bang! Using Comic Books to Teach Onomatopoeia

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Standard Lesson
Estimated Time Four 60-minute sessions
Lesson Author

Maureen Gerard

Maureen Gerard

Phoenix, Arizona


International Literacy Association


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M. Oni

April 27, 2017

This lesson plan is perfect and can easily be adjusted for the appropriate grade level. Thank you for making this resource available for free.



April 10, 2013

I think this is a fantastic way for students to learn onomatopoeia! I never had anything like this, or anything focused on onomatopoetic words, and I wish we did now. It could help students learn about the use of sound effects in illustrations and it can allow them to use their imaginations more.



April 19, 2012

I revised this lesson to fit my Senior Poetry class and I can't tell you how excited I am to read their comic strips! They were so involved in the activity and dove right in! Thanks for the idea about using comics to teach onomatopoeia!


Tessa Polley

September 27, 2010

Thank you so much for putting this online! My class and I are designing our own comics right now and I am really looking forward to teaching this lesson tomorrow!
Edinburgh, Scotland



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