S.O.S: Did You Hear That?!?

Welcome to  Spotlight on Strategies Challenge!  Our S.O.S series  provides help, tips, and tricks for integrating DE media into your curriculum.

Did You Hear That?!?
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A single note from a song can take us back in time and the creak of a darkened home can send our hearts racing.  Though sound is directly related to our sense of hearing, it also can create mental images.  “Creating mental images requires more mental energy and therefore leads to deeper processing than creating graphic representations, drawing or sketching. When students create mental images, they must hold them in their working memory while elaborating on them, questioning them, and drawing conclusion from them. The effort required to visualize and manipulate mental images creates a more permanent and more deeply processed record in the brain of the content being studied.” (Marzano, R. J., & Heflebower, T.  Teaching & Assessing 21st Century Skills)


  • Without telling students what the sound effects are, play the following two sounds for your students. Play them independently of each other
    • Glass: Smash : Medium Glass Smash Crash
    • Animal: Dog : Medium Dog Barking
  • Ask students to close their eyes as you replay the sound effects and visualize what is happening.
  • Have students write a story that incorporates the two sound effects.


  • Search Discovery Education for 2 sound effects that connect to your current unit of study.
  • Do not tell your students what the sound effects are but play them separately back to back.
  • Have your students close their eyes and visualize the scene.
  • Tell your students to write a story that incorporates the sound effects.


  • Record your students reading their stories and insert the sound effects.
    • Audioboo
    • Audacity
    • GarageBand (MAC)

You can take the challenge by:

  • Implementing this strategy and letting us know how it went by posting a comment below.
  • Using this strategies in your grade level planning discussions and/or professional development and reporting your events. (Remember we consider an event anytime 3 or more educators gather together… doesn’t have to be in a computer lab… could be sitting around the lunch table)
  • Photocopying the flier and distributing it in your colleague’s boxes and/or posting it to your own BulleDEN board.

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One Comment;

  1. bailey said:

    I have done an activity similar to this and i used music. For example I would use Dvorak Symphony No 9 Fourth Movement.

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