Monday, October 29, 2012

Halloween and Onomatopoeia

Whoooooo went the wind
And out went the light

Halloween is the perfect time to teach about 


And 5 little pumpkins rolled out of sight.

 Ghosts go BOO!  Doors squeak, chains rattle, leaves rustle and crunch.
The season is full of sounds.  None more than the ones in this book:  

I love this story.  It is a great can add all your own sound effects.  You can do it as a classroom reader's theater and spread the fright around (other classrooms are generally always up for a little presentation and short distraction).  You can make a puzzle or attach the pieces to a paint stick.
And you can show students what a big word like onomatopoeia means.....don't you just love saying that word?  I do!  My kinders do too.  Between Halloween and our unit in the spring about farm animals my kinders hear about this at least twice.  Do they remember?  Some do...some will remember when they hear it again...others will begin to recognize it in stories, even if they don't remember the big long grown-up word.  

I have a freebie to help you do just that.
Grab it here.
You can make a flap book or stick puppets.  I have included several options including instructions for using a paint stick and velcro.

Try it!
It is great language development for ELL, for young ones, for those with speech and learning disabilities.  It is good for oral language and comprehension. is good fun for everyone!


  1. I love this book! The kids love it too! Thank you for sharing!
    ❤Mrs. McKown
    Little Literacy Learners

  2. This is adorable!!! One of my favorite books to read in October. Thank you for sharing. We are now your newest followers. Come check out our blog!

  3. This is really cute. Thank you for sharing.

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