Reflection: Real World Applications What Do You Hear?-Using Our Sense of Hearing - Section 2: Activity


As I observed my students participating in this science activity, it really hit me that they are building skills beyond scientific observation.  I was amazed as I watched the organizational skills the students used to determine what containers contained the matching sound.  At first, they were a little haphazard, but as you can see from the video, many students developed a "system" for determining which sounds matched.  They systematically worked through each container.  They did not mark the first one they thought it was, instead they tried all of the containers and often returned to the container they originally thought was a match.  This type of organizational thinking will easily transfer to other areas of learning and into every day life as well.

The students also had to record their answers on the recording sheet.  What I thought was interesting was that the students did not need me to point to which circle to fill in next.  They followed the numbers on the sheet and filled in the correct circle.  Out of a class of 18 kindergarteners, only one made a mistake.  Anyone who knows kindergarten, knows that this is amazing!

We often steer away from performance tasks because they are time intensive to set up and deliver, but the learning that comes from them transcends into so many areas.  I truly believe it is worth the effort.

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What Do You Hear?-Using Our Sense of Hearing

Unit 2: My Five Senses
Lesson 10 of 12

Objective: Students will use their sense of hearing to practice observing by matching similar sounds.

Big Idea: This fun activity will allow your students to understand how their sense of hearing is an important observational tool.

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Science, inquiry, senses, Sight, Taste, Touch, smell
  40 minutes
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