Listening Pictures

  • crayons
  • markers
  • The Listening Walk by Paul Showers (book)
  • white drawing paper
  • inside
  • listen
  • outside
  • sound

MA Standards:

Literature/RL.PK.MA.9: With prompting and support, make connections between a story or poem and one’s own experiences.
Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.5: Create representations of experiences or stories (e.g., drawings, constructions with blocks or other materials, clay models) and explain them to others.
Writing/W.PK.MA.3: Use a combination of dictating and drawing to tell a real or imagined story.
Writing/W.PK.MA.2: Use a combination of dictating and drawing to explain information about a topic.

Head Start Outcomes:

Approaches to Learning/Initiative and Curiosity: Demonstrates flexibility, imagination, and inventiveness in approaching tasks and activities.
Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing: Uses scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters to represent objects, stories, experiences, or ideas.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Language 3: Communicate personal experiences or interests.
English Language Arts/Composition 16: Use their own words or illustrations to describe their experiences, tell imaginative stories, or communicate information about a topic of interest.

Listening Pictures

© Commonwealth of Massachusetts, Department of Early Education and Care (Jennifer Waddell photographer). All rights reserved.

Skill Focus: Creative Expression, Sound Recognition, Speaking and Listening, Vocabulary

Look at and talk about some of the illustrations in The Listening Walk by Paul Showers. Ask children to talk about the different places the girl stops and listens. Point to pictures representing some of the sounds she hears in just one spot.

  • Ask children to think of a place where they can hear lots of different sounds. 
  • Say, Imagine you were standing in that place right now; what sound do you think you might hear?
  • Then have children draw themselves in that place and to draw the object that is the source of the sound they might hear.

Encourage children to share their drawings, pointing to the object that makes a sound. Have them explain what the object is and describe the sound it makes. 

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