Sounds Found in Nature  



Objective:    Highline School District sixth graders go to Camp Waskowitz for outdoor education for five days.  I thought incorporating a lesson in the actual sense in nature and the wilderness, students can learn to appreciate the sounds of their new environment.  Students will listen for nature sounds as we do our “silent hike” from the lookout tower.  As we travel, they will mentally note all of the unique sounds as we return to camp.  In our class meeting, they will record their sounds from the silent hike and create a poem from the sounds.

          Every year, I create this big hype about a silent hike.  This allows me to think and hopefully allows them to become closer to nature and experience a reverence for the great outdoors.  The only thing that can be heard are occasional bird calls, the rushing of the Snoqualmie River, the rustling of leaves in the wind, the wind, the pitter patter of tiny feet as they touch the earth, occasional whispers and rocks being kicked from their shoes.  They really take it seriously and the poetry that evolves in more meaningful because they were there and remember these sounds in their hearts.  We haven’t had time to create this wonderful sound poetry yet, but I plan on doing it this week.  Last year’s poetry was awesome and inspiring. 

         Little did I know that I had already created a musical lesson using sounds of nature!



Making an effort to increase student learning by integrating  music will help children gain meaningful context to their lives.