Lesson Plan

The Sound of Silence

Students will read a story and listen to a song to explore the sound of silence, its meaning, and significance. They will share their experience and reflect on how and why silence or space can be important.
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Learning Objectives

  • Students will be able to understand the significance of silence.
  • Students will be able to explain the role silence can play in their lives in relation to themselves, music, art, and the natural world.

Introduction

(10 minutes)
The Sound of Silence
  • Ask the class to come together and form a circle on the floor or in chairs.
  • Guide the students to come into quiet, mindful bodies.
  • Ring the chime. Once the ringing stops, ask the class, "Did you hear that?" Pause. When silent again, ask, "Do you hear that?"
  • Ask the class, "What do you hear?" Receive answers for the different noises and sounds.
  • Tell students, "Raise your hand if you hear silence." (If the room is not silent, ask the class if they can hear the pause in between sounds instead.)
  • Explain that our lives can often be filled with sounds and loudness.
  • Ask, "Where can we find silence?"
  • Ask students to raise their hands if they like silence. Then, ask them to raise their hands if they dislike silence.
  • Explain that today we will be exploring silence and reading the story The Sound of Silence by Katrina Goldsaito.