In preparation for the annual Better Hearing and Speech month in May, I’ve been busy engaging my students in activities that help them explore sound and hearing. I hope you checked out my last post on creating simple ear models to learn a bit of anatomy; if not you can take a look here.
This “Match the Sounds” game helps children listen carefully and determine similarities and differences in sounds. I like having students work as a team to encourage social skills and discussion.
First I gathered a variety of different objects, including cheese puffs, beans, cotton balls and tiny screws. I filled two containers with the same objects. For the containers, my local deli was kind enough to contribute soup containers which worked great!
Students worked together matching containers they thought made the same sound when shook.
We extended the activity by sorting the sounds into categories labeled “light” or “heavy”. (Don’t you love drawing on your table with dry erase markers?)
Finally we sequenced the containers in each category from loudest to softest.
At the conclusion of the activity, students guessed the contents of each container. This was probably the best part–based on the prior activities, my students made some accurate (and creative) guesses!
Stay tuned for more ideas to help your students learn about sound & hearing! How are you celebrating BHSM?