Pronounced on·o·mat·o·poe·ia, this word is probably the most fun to teach all levels of students. An onomatopoeia is a word that looks like the sound it makes. For example, warble, buzz, sss..(snake), tweet, chirp, splash, burp, mumble. And many more words! Knowledge of onomatopoeia is useful in teaching reading, writing, phonics and letter recognition. It is also useful with special needs.