Talk Together: Sounds We Hear

  • chart paper
  • marker
  • "Sounds We Hear" chart

  • hear
  • sound
  • source

MA Standards:

Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.1: Participate in collaborative conversations with diverse partners during daily routines and play.
Language/L.PK.MA.1: Demonstrate use of oral language in informal everyday activities.

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]

Head Start Outcomes:

Language Development/Receptive Language: Attends to language during conversations, songs, stories, or other learning experiences.
Language Development/Expressive Language: Uses language to express ideas and needs.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

English Language Arts/Language 2: Participate actively in discussions, listen to the ideas of others, and ask and answer relevant questions.

Talk Together: Sounds We Hear

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STEM Key Concepts: Sounds have a source; Different objects make different sounds

ELA Focus Skills: Listening and Speaking, Vocabulary

Ask children to think about some of the sounds they heard on the way home or at home last night.

Have them think about where they heard of the sound. (Imitating a sound might help them recall where they heard it.) Ask questions such as, 

  • Can you describe a sound you heard on your way home or at home last night?
  • Where was the sound you heard? Could you tell where the sound was coming from?
  • Then have children focus on the source of the sound. Ask, What object do you think made the sound?

Record children’s responses on the “Sounds We Hear” chart.

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