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That Sounds Fun! Sound Words and Sports Poetry
|Grades||6 – 8|
|Activity Time||That Sounds Fun! Sound Words and Sports Poetry|
Summer is a time for going to the park, playing baseball with friends, and watching games in the stands with hundreds or thousands of fans. In this activity, children and teens use their experiences playing or watching sporting events (or other types of outdoor games) to write poems that are full of the sounds of the games, practicing the use of onomatopoeia.
Children and teens are more likely to feel excited and engaged in their writing if they write about their own experiences. When introducing them to new concepts such as onomatopoeia, it helps if they have heard the sounds they plan to put into words. This activity also encourages writers who tend to be more visual to include illustrations with their poems, making poetry writing even more fun and personally motivating.
This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plan "Swish! Pow! Whack! Teaching Onomatopoeia Through Sports Poetry."