Sound Off (PEEC)
The participants will sit quietly in a natural setting and listen.
K - 6
Ponca Elk Education Center, Ponca, AR
Education Program Coordinator, 870-861-2432
30 - 40 minutes
Suggested Number of Participants:
Up to 25
Seasonal, weather permitting
- Understand the significance of a good sense of hearing in humans and animals.
- Identify sounds of nature.
*See glossary for definations
Enlarged map of Ponca Elk Center showing the lesson area
A sense of hearing alerts the elk and other wildlife to danger and possible prey.
- Give each participant a piece of paper and a pencil.
- Tell them they will identify things they hear in the woods and make a sound map.
- To begin the map, have them place a mark in the center of the paper, indicating their location.
- From there, they will draw or write the sounds they hear in relation to where they are sitting.
- Encourage them to close their eyes to be attuned to the sounds.
- Ask them to sit under a tree to create their listening map.
- Give them about 10 minutes to listen. Afterward, bring them back to share what they heard and the pictures and words they drew on their map to indicate those sounds.
- End the activity by discussing how animals use hearing to survive.
- Have each participant indicate where he/she heard something on the Ponca Elk Education Center map. Let them indicate what they heard and where they heard it.
- Using the information from the map, what types of animals live in the area?
- How would hearing affect an animal’s ability to survive in the wild?
Listening map – map on which a listener will mark the sounds heard in relation to where he is sitting
Predator – an animal that hunts and kills other animals usually for food