Lesson 1

Sounds Like Fun: Seeing Animal Sounds

Kwame's Sound Storybook / Grade 3 / Naples, FL

The EIE Curriculum

EiE- Sounds Like Fun: Seeing Animal Sounds Lesson 1

A storybook introduces the engineering challenge and context. In this story, Kwame, a boy from Ghana, learns about acoustical engineering as he attempts to design a representation system for the rhythm he and his cousin will drum at an upcoming festival.

Reflection Questions

How does Susan help students relate to the work scientists and engineers do?

Susan describes the work of scientists and engineers in a way that is engaging and accessible to all of her students.

  • Susan stresses the importance of the Elephant Listening Project and how it’s a real, ongoing endeavor in Ghana. (2:00)
  • Shortly after the discussion about the work of scientists on the Elephant Listening Project, Susan begins a discussion about the work that engineers do and how it differs from science. (2:30)
  • Susan reinforces the definition of technology with her class and puts emphasis on the fact that technologies do not have to be powered by electricity. Students can relate to engineers more easily by understanding that they work with many technologies every day. (5:56)

Where and how do you see Susan reinforcing the steps of the Engineering Design Process (EDP)?

Susan often references the EDP and reinforces its steps, both audibly and visually.

  • During the discussion about what an engineer does, both the students and Susan state that the EDP is used by all engineers (2:45)
  • Before going over the EDP worksheet, Susan goes through all of the steps in order with her students.  (6:40)
  • Susan has two large wall hangings that visually reinforce the steps of the EDP. (8:40)