Lesson 10-Sound Map
Understanding: Students will be making observations using all of their senses, collecting their observations and recording them.
Time: 30 minutes
Materials: Nature journals, a hard surface
Anticipatory Set: Read Owl Moon by John J. Muth… if it is a nice enough day read it outside so that at times, you can stop as a class and listen! Facilitate a conversation about the importance of all of our senses. We rely on our sight so much but it is important to use ALL of our senses.
Lesson: Have the students open their Nature Journals to a blank page and use a ruler to draw four even lines, creating a square. Inside of the lines, students will be listening for a full five minuets without speaking, using colored pencils and lines and shapes to represent what they are hearing. Instruct them to first put a dot in the middle of their paper representing themselves. Show the students an example sound map that has a black jagged line representing a raven and small yellow circles representing a chickadee for example. After, return to the classroom and construct a GIANT square on the whiteboard for students to come up and collectively draw everything that they heard in that five minutes and share with the group.