My students and I love the story "Why Mosquitos Buzz in People's Ears." It has such delightful onomatopoeia that it lends itself to "tearing" into it. What better way to do this than to assign animals to your students and have them create! My students each created their animal from the story by ripping colored paper. They created the onomatopoeia that accompanied each animal and made a first person story to go along with it. Each animal was put on the work mat I created. (Work mats were enlarged to fit a 11 x 17 piece of construction paper that I put in our copy machine.) The animals were adhered with accordion folded paper on the backs of them to make them pop out. The title, Animal Onomatopoeia, was created by each student ripping a letter...no pencil or maker needed! Tear into this story with creativity and fun!