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Our Five Senses
Name: Stacey Gong-Zhang
School: Yung Wing Public School 124
Address: 40 Division Street
City: New York, NY, 10002
Original Project: Our Five Senses
Author: Isabel Salido
URL: http://teachersnetwork.org/teachnet-lab/miami

How did you modify this unit for use in your own classroom?: I modified the project by substituting the egg shakers for musical instruments. We also made tambourines and had a parade.

List your primary instructional objectives for your students.

  Children will discuss sounds they hear in the book Polar Bear, Polar Bear What do you hear by Eric Carle.
  Students will share the different sounds they could hear with their ears and what sounds they might hear in different places such as the zoo, park, or a school.
  Students will use their sense of hearing to determine what instrument I am playing.
  Students will create an instrument that they can use to make loud/soft sounds.

What role did technology play in this curriculum unit?: Children will use Kid Pixs to draw and create an instrument they may have heard from the guessing game.

How did you assess and evaluate student performance?: Children are asked what sense they need to use to determine what instrument is being played. Students will name different sounds they hear in the park, zoo, or in school.

Please tell us briefly about your background & teaching experience: Ms. Gong-Zhang has been teaching at P.S. 124 for the past 10 years. The first 8 years she taught kindergarten and the last 2 years have been in Pre-k.

What are your recommendations for other teachers interested in adapting this unit?: To adapt the lesson even more, teachers can create different instruments. Also, instead of using egg shakers, teachers can create a recording of different sounds that the children can listen to and guess what the sounds are.

Samples of Student Projects

  Children are creating tambourines using paper plates. They collages tissue paper for decorations and I then added bells to the sides of the plate.
  The finished tambourine.
  Allison created her tambourine using Kid Pix.


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