Head outdoors for a listening walk

by Deborah J. Stewart, M.Ed. on May 8, 2012

in Listening Walk, Outdoor Play, The Listening Walk

In my previous post, I shared with you “The Listening Book” by Paul Showers and the listening games that we played. To extend this activity, the children were each given a little clipboard and checklist to use as they took their own listening walk…

I created this listening walk checklist on my computer and I specifically chose things that were already in our environment like a dog, cars, birds, and so on…

Some of the sounds were going to be heard inside the classroom and the others were only going to be heard if we went outside. So we took our clipboards and went outside for a little morning walk…

As the children heard something that was on the list, they placed a check mark next to the item on their checklist…

The only thing that we didn’t hear was the firetruck but since we had heard the recorded sound of a firetruck on my cell phone – we decided that we could go ahead and check that off too…

Not everything works out quite as planned. We have a dog that is usually out next door in a fenced in yard. I bet that dog is out everyday just barking away. In fact, he is out there right now while I am writing this but during our walk, the dog was not outside.  So once again, we decided that since we usually hear the dog barking outside, we could mark that off our list too…

And when we went outside, there happened to be a worker outside using a leaf blower and ALL we could hear was the leaf blower so we had to walk all the way over to where he was and ask him to please turn it off for a few minutes so we could hear something else…

So even though we couldn’t hear a real firetruck and the dog wasn’t out barking at us like usual, we still managed to hear lots of other sounds in our environment. Taking a listening walk was a good opportunity to stop and think for just a minute about the sounds we hear but don’t always notice…

Go ahead try it.  Stop for just a minute and then just listen. What do you hear? I was surprised at what I could really hear once I really stopped to listen on our outdoor listening walk…

To download a copy of the checklist – click here

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