Draw and Write Together: Sound Book

  • chart paper
  • City Lullaby (book)
  • crayons
  • markers
  • paper
  • city
  • sound

MA Standards:

Foundational Skills/RF.PK.MA.1:With guidance and support, demonstrate understanding of the organization and basic features of printed and written text: books, words, letters, and the alphabet.
Writing/W.PK.MA.2: Use a combination of dictating and drawing to explain information about a topic.
Mathematics/Counting and Cardinality/PK.CC.MA.1: Listen to and say the names of numbers in meaningful contexts.

Head Start Outcomes:

Language Development/Expressive Language: Uses language to express ideas and needs.
Literacy Knowledge/Early Writing: Uses scribbles, shapes, pictures, and letters to represent objects, stories, experiences, or ideas.

PreK Learning Guidelines:

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.
Mathematics/Number Sense 1: Listen to and say the names of numbers in meaningful

Draw and Write Together: Sound Book

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

ELA Focus Skills: Concepts of Print, Counting, Speaking and Listening

Educator Prep: Before doing the activity, decide on the theme for the sound book (e.g., indoor sounds). List the sounds vertically on the chart paper as children give them.

Tell children they are going to work together to make a number book of sounds.

Hold up the book City Lullaby by Marilyn Singer. Remind children it is a book about sounds, but it is also a book about numbers. Say,

  • This book is about sounds, but it is also a number book. A number book helps us practice counting things. The things we count in City Lullaby are city sounds. Let’s make our own number book of sounds that we hear in this room.

Have children sit and listen quietly for a minute or two. Ask them to listen to sounds around them. Ask questions such as,

  • How many different sounds do you hear in the room? Have children name sounds one at a time. Record sounds on chart paper.
  • Say, Now let’s give each sound a number. Count the number of sounds with children. Say, This is the number of indoor sounds we hear!

Next, set up a page for each sound, including the number and the name of each sound. Assign children to decorate each page. Keep the book in the Writing Center for children to view.

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