Author: Sharon Janulaw
Overview: Students take a walk outside and use their sense of
hearing to discover things in their world. They record their observations and compare their
observations with those of their classmates.
- We learn about the natural world using our senses and extensions of our senses.
Grade Span: K2
- Clipboard with paper for each student
- Container with pencil and crayons for students
Put paper on clipboards.
Prepare containers with pencils and crayons.
Select the area in which you will take the sound
Time: 30 minutes
Grouping: Whole class
Numerous sounds are all around us. What we hear as sounds are
vibrations in the air. Sounds are picked up by the ears. The vibrations cause tiny movements
within the ear, which our nerves and brain interpret as sound. We recognize different sounds
because the patterns of vibrations are different.
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Make sure your students understand and agree to follow guidelines for
expected behavior on the sound walk.
- Talk about hearing. Ask students what they know
about ears and the sense of hearing. What do ears help us do? Have
them close their eyes, sit very quietly and listen. Have them open
their eyes and name one thing they heard. Ask how they knew what it
was without seeing it.
- Talk about rules. Tell them they will go on
a Sound Walk outside. They will have a clipboard to record what they
notice. Explain that they can draw what they hear and write the name
of the object on their clipboard. They can also write where they heard
- Give each student a clipboard with paper and
a container with pencil and crayons. Have each student draw an ear
at the top of the paper and write the words, I Hear...
- Take students outside. Tell them you will walk
and stop a few times. Each time you stop, they will close their eyes,
listen and select one item that they hear. When they have decided
what they want to draw, they can open their eyes, draw it and write
- After they have had the opportunity to draw
several objects that they observed through their sense of hearing,
have them share by standing in a circle. They will each have a turn
to tell one thing they heard. If it can still be heard, everyone can
stop to listen for a moment.
- Return to the classroom and make a list of items
that were heard. Have students help you spell the names of objects
as you record. Discuss similarities and differences in what was observed
through hearing. Have them share what they discovered that they had
not noticed before.
- Discuss how easy or difficult it is to identify
something just by the sound that is being made.
Play a sounds recording and have students guess what is making the sound.
Updated October 31, 2003
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