Listening to Sounds #1

  • objects of different materials (wooden blocks, tin cans, aluminum plates, etc.)
  • tapping sticks
  • videos or audio recordings of children exploring sounds throughout the week

  • sound
  • scrape
  • tap

MA Standards:

Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.3: Ask and answer questions in order to seek help, get information, or clarify something that is not understood.

MA Draft STE Standards:

Physical Sciences/Matter and Its Interactions/PS4.A: Investigate different sounds made by different objects and different materials and reason about what is making the sounds. [Cause and Effect]
Physical Sciences/Matter and Its Interactions/PS1.B: Differentiate between the properties of an object and those of the material of which it is made in science explorations and activities such as art and music.

Head Start Outcomes:

Logic and Reasoning/Reasoning and Problem Solving: Classifies, compares, and contrasts objects, events, and experiences.
Science Knowledge/Scientific Skills and Method: Observes and discusses common properties, differences, and comparisons among objects.
Science Knowledge/Scientific Skills and Method: Uses senses and tools, including technology, to gather information, investigate materials, and observe processes and relationships.
Science Knowledge/Conceptual Knowledge of Natural and Physical Worlds: Observes, describes, and discusses properties of materials and transformation of substances.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Language 4: Engage in play experiences that involve naming and sorting common words into various classifications using general and specific language.

Listening to Sounds #1

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Skill Focus: Compare and Contrast

Display the materials for children. Discuss with children what the materials are, what they are made of, and how they feel.

  • Then play a video of children creating sounds.
  • Have children recreate the sounds using the materials.
  • Encourage children to discuss how the sounds are made. (tapping, scraping, banging, etc.) 

Continue with other videos and encourage children to compare sounds they are making.

As they explore, ask them to talk about the materials and how the material, weight, textures, etc. affect the sounds it makes.

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