Objective: Students will learn what a soundscape is and how sounds are
vital to learning.
Since it was Halloween, I thought a soundscape of a spooky
experience and atmosphere would be meaningful and fun.
It could also set
us up for group projects in my reading class as well.
First I had students independently list any spooky or
scary sound that
could think of. I then, had
them talk about it as a group. We
various scary sounds on the board.
We then discussed how it would be
possible to create these sounds.
What was really interesting was the creativity of
ideas they came up
Many wanted to keep it to a human noise, where others realized
things in the classroom like paper could be used for an effective sound.
After we talked about the various sounds, each group
they particularly liked and thought they could produce best.
were give fifteen minutes to work on the sounds they had chosen.
many different tools, instruments, devises, paper, found sound objects
were so excited as they went through these and especially proud when
they found a sound that matched something close to what they wanted.
After some time spent practicing, we then got
together and decided
team would go first, second, etc….
They also created symbols like
we did in the music class, and it worked out nicely.
The product was very successful.
It reminded me of the spooky
that my group did in the soundscape group project. Even though
it wasn’t quite like ours; a lot of the sounds were similar.
They had so much
doing it. They then wanted
to perform it for the other sixth grade class
in which we did. The other
sixth graders really enjoyed it and said that they
actually were scared!
About a week later, I had them to team soundscapes
where they could
their environmental surroundings. They
had no difficulty with this. It
nice was to see how many students were on task and working together.
did not have one student not participating.
They were so into the lesson that I was
able to sit back and relax despite the noise.
These short lessons only helped me to set up the next
lesson. I used
soundscape as a way to help emphasize setting.
I also began to use it
with all of the stories and poems we read, especially at Camp.
As we were at Camp Waskowitz, I did a few lessons
during our class
I used the short stories, “The Origin of Mount Si and the
by Ella E. Clark and “Owl Moon” by Jane Yolen.
Now that they were
comfortable with creating sounds, they were able to narrate the story
sounds to the stories.
As I read the stories aloud, I had students mark with
a pencil places
thought a sound could be added. We
then discussed it as a class and
out specific parts. Every
person was then assigned a role. At
the end, we performed it together.
They love the stories and had a blast creating the sounds.
included the short stories that we used at camp.