Lesson 3

Sounds Like Fun: Seeing Animal Sounds

Seeing Sounds / Grade 3 / Naples, FL

EiE- Sounds Like Fun: Seeing Animal Sounds Lesson 3


The EIE Curriculum

Students analyze some properties of sounds, including pitch, volume, and duration, and begin exploring ways to represent simple sounds.

Reflection Questions

Where do you see Susan connecting previous lessons to Lesson 3 for her students?

Susan integrates the storybook and references the Elephant Listening Project from Lesson 1 to set a context for her students in Lesson 3.

  • Susan uses the storybook as a jumping-off point to teach her students about spectrograms. (0:51)
  • As a lesson transition, Susan references moving out of the Elephant Listening Project from Lesson 1 to listening to birds. (1:16)

What strategies does Susan use help her students differentiate changes in pitch and in volume?

Susan uses gestures and prompts to reinforce her students’ understanding of the difference between pitch and volume.

  • Susan notices her student Marcos using hand gestures to represent pitch, and she has the class mimic the same hand gesture to cement the concept of rising pitch. (4:48)
  • Susan asks her students to identify the main difference between the flight call (change in volume) and the alarm call (change in pitch). (5:27)
  • Susan has her students mimic the gesture of turning the knob of a radio up and down to demonstrate the concept of volume. (6:26)