Lesson 1

Sounds Like Fun: Seeing Animal Sounds

Kwame's Sound Storybook / Grade 4 / Brockton

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

What active learning strategies do you see Diane using to keep children engaged in the storybook reading process?

Diane incorporates instructional strategies that get her students actively involved in the material.

  • Diane has each student write down three words they would use to describe Kwame and compare their responses to others within their small group. (0:46)
  • Diane has children locate specific evidence in their books and read the passages aloud that support particular ideas. (3:06)
  • Students write the individual steps of the Engineering Design Process (EDP) on sticky notes and use them to mark relevant passages in the book. (4:34)

How does Diane address the Common Core ELA standards as she reads Kwame’s Sound?

Diane reinforces Common Core concepts by asking students to describe characters’ thoughts and motivations, infer meaning from visuals, and cite text for evidence.

  • Diane has her students identify three character traits that helped Kwame solve his problem. (0:45)
  • Diane’s students use content presented in various formats (informational text and illustrations) to help them define a spectrogram. (3:19)
  • Diane’s students are asked to find evidence in the text of Kwame using each step of the EDP. (5:04)