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Students will be able to identify different common sounds.
- Tell the students that they will be listening to a story.
- Preview the story with students.
- Identify and define any unknown or potentially confusing words in both English and student home language (L1).
- Complete a picture walk with students prior to reading the story aloud.
- Have students share ideas about the story with a partner.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(20 minutes)
- Read Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss to the students.
- Ask them who makes a louder sound: Horton the Elephant or the little Whos?
- Explain to them that larger objects typically make louder noises.
- Provide examples of loud and quiet sounds (whispering vs. loudly talking, etc) to explore sound differences with students.
- Demonstrate making sounds with large and small objects in the room.
- Define any confusing concepts about sounds by reviewing or introducing the concept of the five senses with students.
Guided Practice(20 minutes)
- Follow the activity instructions and have the students go on a Sound Scavenger Hunt.
- Have students work in a small group with teacher support to identify, record and describe the sounds during the sound scavenger hunt.
- Pair students together to go on the sound scavenger hunt.
Independent working time(25 minutes)
- Have the students draw a person, animal or object of choice on a piece of paper.
- Once the students are done with their drawings, have them place the paper facedown on their desks.
- Have them take turns making sounds to match the illustrations. The one who can correctly guess the most answers wins!
- Scaffold this activity by providing students with more constraints (just animals, objects, etc.) and pair them with a partner.
- Have students divide their paper into quarters and draw four different things to connect to a sound.
- Have students practice describing the sound they hear from their partner after identifying the source of the sound.
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.
- Replay the different sounds on your tape recorder or cell phone.
- Have the students identify the object, person or animal.
- Circulate around the room while students are at work and assess if they are able to identify and differentiate between different common sounds.
- Check for student understanding by listening to the sounds recorded during the scavenger hunt and asking students open-ended questions about each sound.
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?"
- Pair students together to share their thinking.
- Provide students with sentence frames to use during their pair-share.
- Provide additional sounds for students to identify as a closing activity.
- Have students share their thinking using sentence starters.