This activity will introduce the students to the concept of sound and hearing. To begin students will be given a paper and a pencil. Students will be given five minutes to write down all the different sounds they hear. For example a lawn mower outside, birds chirping, coughing, etc. After five minutes I will ask students to share the different sounds they have heard.
Next, students will listen to the story
A Listening Walk
by Paul Showers. This book is about a child that takes a walk with her father and hears many different sounds. While listening to the story students will be asked to think of questions or comments they have about sound.
After hearing the story students will be asked to respond in their response journals to the following question. If I went on a Listening Walk, what would help me hear all the different sounds, and why do I hear different types of sound? This question will lead students into the next portion of the lesson, which is the K.W.L chart. This will also get students thinking about how they hear sounds and why some sounds are heard differently.
When students have responded in their journal, they will be given the opportunity to share their responses, which will formulate the K (what we know), and W (what we want to know) portion of our chart.