Can You Hear a Who?

  • Kindergarten, First Grade
  • Reading, ESL
  • 90 minutes
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August 20, 2015
by Natalie Chari

With some help from Dr. Seuss' Horton Hears a Who, your kids will go on a fun scavenger hunt and discover different sounds.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify different common sounds.

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Introduction (5 minutes)

  • Tell the students that they will be listening to a story.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (20 minutes)

  • Read Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss to the students.
  • Ask them who makes a louder sound/noise: Horton the Elephant or the little Whos?
  • Explain to them that larger objects typically make louder noises.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (20 minutes)

  • Follow the activity instructions, and have the students go on a Sound Scavenger Hunt.

Independent Working Time (25 minutes)

  • Have the students draw a person, an animal, or an object of choice on a piece of paper.
  • Once the students are done with their drawings, have them place the paper face down on their desks.
  • Have them take turns making sounds to match the illustrations. The one who can correctly guess the most answers wins!



  • Enrichment: Allow above level students to complete The Science of Sound as an extra activity.
  • Support: For below level students, continue drilling them on the different sounds using flashcards or drawings.


Assessment (10 minutes)

  • Replay the different sounds on your tape recorder or cellphone.
  • Have the students identify the object, person, or animal.

Review and Closing (10 minutes)

  • Talk about the book you read at the beginning of class.
  • Ask the class for their opinions on Horton Hears a Who. Ask, "What do you think the Whos sound like?"

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