Learning Standards/Indiana Science Foundation 3. Early learners develop foundational skills in learning to understand concepts of classification, data collection, organization, and description.
1. Infant – (no standard available)
2. Younger Toddler - Identify attributes of objects with adult support
3. Older Toddler - Identify similarities and differences in objects
4. Younger Preschool - Sort, classify, and compare objects
5. Older Preschool - Explain simple sorting or classifying
Additional Learning Standards/Concepts/Practices: Listening, Observing, Categorize Sounds and Shapes. See Pennsylvania Pre-K Learning Standard 3.2 PK B.5 – create and describe variations of sound.
Materials needed: The Ear Book by Al Perkins, aircraft sound clips, and template of corresponding aircraft pictures.
Hot Air Balloon
Part 1: Read-aloud
The Ear Book by Al Perkins (available on YouTube)
And/or Amazing Airplane Sound Book by Tony Mitten
Part 2: Discussion
Ask the students if they are good at understanding different sounds. “Do you know what an airplane sounds like? What a helicopter sounds like? A hot air balloon? Today we are going to listen to the sounds of aircraft. When I play a sound, you may raise your hand if you think you know what sound you are hearing. I will show a picture of the aircraft making the sound when somebody guesses correctly”. Can everyone make the sound together? Okay, let’s try another.
Part 3: Activity
A: Play a sound and ask them which picture (of an airplane, jet, rocket, helicopter, etc.) makes the sound
B: After playing all the sounds, allow students, one at a time, to make their favorite airplane sound
C: Allow everyone to make their favorite sounds together
D: Ask everyone to quietly make their favorite airplane sound while the “fly” back to their desk
Part 4: Summary
Today you learned about sounds. When you listen carefully, you can have fun trying to hear new things. Things in nature like birds and frogs and dogs. Things around town like fire trucks, trains, airplanes, and cars. You can understand the world better if you listen carefully to hear things that are all around.