Watch Together: “Listening for Sounds” (PEEP live-action clip)

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  • sound
  • source

MA Standards

Speaking and Listening/SL.PK.MA.2: Recall information for short periods of time and retell, act out, or represent information from a text read aloud, a recording, or a video (e.g., watch a video about birds and their habitats and make drawings or constructions of birds and their nests).

MA Draft Standards:

Physical Sciences/Energy 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: Engages in communication and conversation with others.
Logic and Reasoning/Reasoning and Problem Solving: Classifies, compares, and contrasts objects, events, and experiences.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

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

Watch Together: “Listening for Sounds” (PEEP live-action clip)

STEM Key Concepts: Sounds have a source (A sound can be tracked to its source); Different objects make different sounds

ELA Focus Skills: Making Connections, Recall and Retell, Speaking and Listening, Vocabulary

Tell children they are going to watch a short live-action video, PEEP and the Big Wide World “Listening for Sounds.”

Before You Watch
Tell children that this video is about three girls who are exploring and tracking the sources of outdoor sounds.

  • Set a viewing focus by having children think about the sounds the girls in the video hear on their listening walk. Then watch the video.

After You Watch
Ask questions such as,

  • What sounds did the girls in the video hear?
  • Did you hear any of the same sounds on your listening walk?
  • How did the girls find out what object was making each sound?

Ask children if they have ever closed their eyes so they could hear a sound better like the girl in the video. Say, We might want to try that on our next listening walk.

Educator Tip: Watching and discussing the selected PEEP stories and live-action video clips can spark and extend children’s interest and understanding of sound. We suggest that children watch the PEEP video clips after they have had an opportunity to do their own initial exploration of sounds. That way your children can compare their experiences and discoveries with those shown on the video clip and think about what additional sound explorations they might like to try.

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