Although we've been reading several of his books, for our extension project this month we decided to use Polar Bear, Polar Bear What Do You Hear?
We're big fans of the better known Brown Bear, Brown Bear What Do You See." Big Brother and I enjoyed talking about the different animals and their sounds while reading and Little Brother was really engaged with the colorful and bold illustrations.
After reading we went to the woods behind our house and went for a "listening walk." Listening walks involve stopping every now and then and listening for the different sounds one can hear. I've done this with older kids (five through eight year olds) but not usually with a kiddo as young as three. Big Brother did pretty well with it, but did need some coaching in staying quiet and naming what he could hear.
|The first noticeable sound we could hear in the woods was the sound on an airplane flying overhead.|
|Materials included combs, clean tooth brushes, a scrubber, washable paint, and paper. All household materials will not be used for their original purposes again.|
A few days later we started turning our papers and our list from our walk into a book. Big Brother is really into being called "Big Brother" so we decided to use that term in our book. Although the original book was many animals hearing, we left it as just Big Brother being asked the question for this project.
He helped cut out some on the images for the book, but for the most part I cut out the shapes. We worked together to brainstorm what each object/animal we could hear were doing. This gave us a good chance to really think about the types of sounds we'd heard and do some embedded vocabulary work. Some great words included crunching, cawing, and rumbling.
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