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“Onomatopoeia Rita” is an active percussion poem for kinesthetic and auditory learners


Language Arts, Music  


1, 2, 3, 4, 5  

Title – “Onomatopoeia Rita”
By – Mary Mills
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Music
Grade Level – 1-5


    This poem is a great way to have kinesthetic and auditory learners participate in active poetry which features onomatopoeia. Each segment of audience/class can relay the different sounds associated with the percussive instruments and maybe even guess what the percussion instruments are called (no one’s guess is wrong, of course) while a narrator observes and directs the action, relating the last part of the poem in a dramatic way.

Target Audience:

  • Grades 3-5 might like this poem the best, because of the more difficult multi-syllabic words and the pure fun of playing percussion instruments.
  • Music teachers might also like to use the idea with 1st and 2nd graders using musical instruments, instead of reciting the verses.
  • This poem may also be of use to English teacher in grades 6-8, in which poetic devices and literary terms such as onomatopoeia, alliteration, repetition and cacophony are first introduced. Similarly, music teachers in grades 6-8 might also use this poem to reinforce the words percussion, crescendo, rhythm, metronome and cacophony.


by Mary Mills


      Ta Ta TUM, TUM, TUM,


      Ta Ta TUM, TUM, TUM,


      Ta Ta TUM, Ta Ta TUM, Ta Ta TUM, TUM, TUM!
      CHEE, chee, chee, CHEE,


      CHEE, chee, chee, CHEE!


      DING, DING, DINGaling,


      DING, DING, DINGaling,


      Clippety CLOP, Clippety CLOP,


      Clippety CLOP, CLOP, CLOP!
      Percussionist, percussionist,


      your rhythm repeats


      the metronome beat,


      crescendos INCREASE,

        then retreat,

          until finally…

            the cacophony ceases.

I give your site permission to share this poem with any teacher who likes it :

      “Onomatopoeia Rita” &copy1999; Mary A. Mills


    Mary Mills is a lifelong public librarian and soon-to-be alternative education teacher.

E-Mail Mary Mills !

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