Tracking Down Notes (Spanish)
When you hear a sound, but can’t see the source, guess what's making the sound. Then, track it down!
Go on a sound hunt with your child. When you hear a sound, but cannot see the source, try to guess what's making the sound. Then track the sound down. Start inside the house, listening for common household noises. Make a guess about what's making the sound and then track it down to check. Once you've played inside, move outside. Listen for a sound you can hear in your neighborhood, predict what is making the sound and try to follow it to find out if you are right.
TEACHERS: A full 3-4 week unit with activities for exploring sounds (inside and outside) is available for free at PEEP and the Big Wide World.
Listen! What sounds do you hear around you? The refrigerator running? A clock ticking? As you follow the sound, ask your child:
- What happens to the sound as we get closer? Does it get louder? Softer?
- Then ask: What happens to the sound when you cover and uncover your ears? Why do you think that happens?
- As children explore sound, they will begin to understand some key science concepts including that sounds have a source (a sound can be tracked to its source); an action has to happen to make a sound; different objects make different sounds.
- Through hands-on experiences and discussions, kids will become familiar with descriptive words like loud, soft, high, low, fast, slow, etc.
- Science process words will be an important part of the conversations about sound. These words include change, compare, describe discover, identify, listen, notice, predict, etc.
- For Ages
- 3-5 years
- Time Required
- 10 min
- Average Rating