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Taking a Sound Hike

 

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Taking a Sound Hike

Grades K – 2
Activity Time Three 30-minute sessions
Activity Author

Traci Gardner

Traci Gardner

Blacksburg, Virginia

 
Publisher National Council of Teachers of English
 

Activity Description

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Activity Description

Boom! Br-r-ring! Cluck! Moo!-everywhere you turn, you're bound to find exciting sounds. Whether taking a sound hike at the mall, a near-by park, or on a family trip, ask children to notice the sounds they hear and then use sound words as they write their own books, modeled on Dr. Seuss's Mr. Brown Can MOO! Can You?

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Why This Is Helpful

By focusing on sound words, this activity helps children develop reading and spelling strategies. As children focus on sound words, they begin with their ability to listen to and mimic the sounds. From this beginning step, they move on to use spelling strategies to create the letters and letter combinations that represent those sounds.

This activity was modified from the ReadWriteThink lesson plan "Dr. Seuss's Sound Words: Playing with Phonics and Spelling."

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