Sound Devices ~~ Alliteration, Rhyme, and Onomatopoeia


Sound Devices ~~ Alliteration, Rhyme, and Onomatopoeia

As I was looking through some lesson plans to decide what to share in this post, I came across two lesson plans I had created for my 2012/2013 school year observations. Since I wasn’t sure which class the observation would take place, I planned lessons for an entire day. I am including materials from my fourth grade language arts lesson “Alliteration and Rhyme” and my fifth grade language arts lesson “Onomatopoeia and Alliteration.” You will notice that both lessons have many of the same activities. I often planned for unannounced observations this way, as it was so much less time consuming. Also, these lessons are based on the Tennessee Student Performance Indicators (SPIs). Since the PowerPoint presentations are not locked, you can easily change the pages to your state standards or to the Common Core Standards.

#1 Sound Devices PowerPoint [Note: The entire lesson is on the PowerPoint. You will return to it after completing each activity.]

4th Grade Alliteration and Rhyme

Rhyme and Alliteration PowerPoint

5th Grade Onomatopoeia and Alliteration

Onomatopoeia and Alliteration PowerPoint

Activity #2 Graphic Organizer

Three versions of each organizer is provided; once with blanks for students to write in definitions and missing information, once with the definitions in a cloze format, and once with the answers provided. The third copy of the organizer may be used as an answer key, for differentiated instruction, for students who were absent during instruction, or if you wish for the students to have the paragraphs already completed.

Instructions for Making the Organizers

  • Print the organizer onto colored paper.

  • Have students fill in the missing information in the blank spaces.

To make the organizer, trim around the four edges on the lines indicated. Fold the page in half vertically on the dotted line. Cut on the line indicated on the inside of the organizer, up to the fold so that the organizer opens with two flaps.

You can download  these organizers using the links below.

Sound Devices Organizer

  Activity #3 Pinch Cards

Students use the pinch cards to indicate their answer to the examples in the PowerPoint. [Pinch cards are response cards in which you don’t cut apart the individual words eliminating a bunch of strips of paper. I love them because you don’t find all the strips of paper on the floor after class. Print the page onto cardstock. I usually make a large pocket in the students’ interactive notebooks for storage. Students show their responses to questions by holding the card so that they are pointing to the correct answer. This is a great way to quickly make sure students understand the concepts.] To receive a printable copy of this pinch card click on the image below.

Pinch Card

Activity #4 Group Activity with Songs

  • 4th Grade “Rocky Top” and “Splish Splash.”
  • 5th Grade “The Trolley Song” and “Splish Splash”

In this activity, students were divided into small groups. First students watched the song video listening for sound devices. After the song was over, students were given 90 seconds to find sound devices in the song lyrics. Using two colors of highlighters, one for each type of figurative language studied, students highlighted the copy of the song. After 90 seconds, each group alternately told the class a sound device from the song until all were named. Each group was awarded one point for naming lyrics from the song containing a sound device and a second point for telling which type of sound device the lyrics contained. The group finding the most sound devices were the winners of the activity.

Click on each image below to download the lyrics to the songs.

Words to Rocky Top Lyrics to The Trolley Song Words to Splish Splash

 Activity #5 RAFT

I created a separate post for this activity last summer. You can find it here: RAFT Writing Strategy. The post contains the handouts for this activity.


Gay Miller


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    • children rhymes on May 4, 2016 at 7:47 am

    Very descriptive post, I liked that a lot. Will there be a part 2?

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    • Adrian on July 29, 2016 at 1:57 pm

    Really great post! Keep up the great work. I’ll be back to read more!

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