Talk Together: Talk About Sounds

  • chart paper
  • containers (empty), lids, tubes, boxes, bottles
  • craft sticks or painter stirrers
  • marker
  • pencils (unsharpened; with erasers
  • recorder and recordings of children’s sounds
  • hear
  • scrape
  • sound
  • tap

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.
Language/L.PK.MA.6: Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, listening to books read aloud, activities, and play.

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.
Science and Technology/Technology and Engineering 23: Explore and describe a wide variety of natural and man-made materials through sensory experiences.

Talk Together: Talk About Sounds

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STEM Key Concepts: Sounds have a source; Different objects make different sounds; An action has to happen to make a sound

ELA Focus Skills: Speaking and Listening, Vocabulary

Display the basket of objects. Play back some of the sounds children made throughout the week. Ask questions such as, 

  • Which object(s) did you use to make the sound? Have children explore the materials.
  • How did you make the sound? (tap, scrape)
  • Do you think you would hear the same sound if you tapped on the tin can and on the cardboard roll?
  • Have children explore and revisit their predictions.

Record children’s observations on chart paper.

English Language Learners: Whenever possible, demonstrate word meanings with gestures and facial expressions. Have children repeat the words tap and scrape and the gestures after you.

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