“Sounds Like” Game

Would you describe your class as active listeners ... or just active? Turn the tables and become the distractor using a lesson on listening and self-discipline. Pupils work together to identify sounds you play for them while you make listening a challenge. A group discussion after the activity encourages scholars to examine changes in their listening strategies as the activity progresses.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Get creative with your distractions! Catching students off guard while they are trying to identify the sounds makes the lesson more realistic
  • Have the class respond to the evaluation questions in their journals, or use them for a large-group discussion
Classroom Considerations
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  • Choose the sound effects for the lesson ahead of time to make the activity run smoothly
  • The activity is fun and thought-provoking
  • Reflection questions help individuals process the effects of distraction on their abilities to listen and comprehend 
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Common Core