Reflection: Student Ownership Communicating with Sound - Section 2: Warm-up


During small group time in the reading block, students are engaged in purposeful reading and writing activities.  One of their choices is to research a nonfiction topic and create either a fact book or poster giving at least 2 key details about the topic, with labeled illustrations.

Throughout the Sound & Light unit, I place related books along the back board.  Students may choose to read them independently or with partners, or complete research with them.  When the light portion of the unit comes, I have a separate collection of related books to make available.  

This selection of sound books includes books at the first to second grade reading level.  I want books that students can access and comprehend.  They are filled with engaging, colorful illustrations and photographs as well.  Many contain diagrams of the ear, tables of contents, glossaries, and other nonfiction text features.

I obtained most of this collection through a project donation page on  This website is free for public school teachers to request classroom supplies that are integral to and enhance instruction.  My DonorsChoose project also contained most of the instruments and sound equipment that I use throughout the unit.  

Here are some pictures of students (taken a day or two after this lesson) reading about sound!

  Student Ownership: Student-led research
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Communicating with Sound

Unit 4: Light and Sound
Lesson 5 of 18

Objective: SWBAT describe how sound travels over a distance.

Big Idea: Two, Four, Six, Eight, who do we appreciate? Cheerleaders know how to make sound go farther. Today we will uncover their secrets!

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