Lesson Plan Three: Sense of Hearing and The Ear

Lesson Topic/Subject: The ear/Science and Language Arts
Grade Level: 1 /2
Michelle Curtiss


I decided to incorporate three different activities in one lesson because of the importance of each activity. As I have mentioned before, the five senses are only a small section of the body unit; therefore, only one or two days are provided for lessons and activities for each sense. This particular lesson will be taught over a two-day period because of the depth of each part.


  1. Students will be able to use their sense of hearing to observe the sounds at school. Applications.
  2. Students will be able to label parts of the ear. Knowledge.
  3. Students will be able to write their own version of the "Ears Hear" poem by following the example provided. Synthesis.


  1. The book The Listening Walk by Paul Showers.
  2. Eye Gate Media filmstrip on the ear
  3. Projector and tape player
  4. 24 copies of the ear worksheet
  5. 24 copies of the poem "Ears Hear"
  6. Blank paper
  7. Pencils


Part I: This can be taught with a whole group or in small groups with an assistant.

  1. Read The Listening Walk by Paul Showers.
  2. Tell students that we will go on our own listening walk. Reinforce the idea of a listening walk: We need to be as quiet as possible to hear all the sounds around us at school. Have students remember what sounds they hear, so that when we return to the classroom we can make a list.
  3. Take students on a five to ten minute walk around the school. Remind students to stay really quiet.
  4. Return to class and start a list of sounds that we heard on our walk.
  5. Discuss why or how we hear all of these different sounds.

Part II:

  1. Tell students that we will be watching a filmstrip on the ear. Tell them to find three things that they did not know to share after the filmstrip.
  2. Watch filmstrip.
  3. Ask students what are some things they learned from the filmstrip. Write down ideas and thoughts on a chart in front of class.
  4. Pass out ear worksheet to label as a group. Pass out clipboards and pencils. Put ear poster in front of class for all students to see.
  5. Label ear worksheet together. Ask students first if they can remember part. Then discuss function of part. Write down the ear parts name on worksheet. Wait for students to do the same on their worksheet.
  6. Quickly review main parts of the ear.

Part III:

  1. Read the poem "Ears Hear."
  2. Discuss how certain animals or objects make noises: bees buzz.
  3. Ask students to brainstorm ideas of other sound words. Record ideas on chalkboard.
  4. Handout copies of "Ears Hear" poem and paper for students to try writing their own "Ears Hear" poem.
  5. Tell students that they may work independently or in a group to write their own "sounds" poem.
  6. Circulate room to help students get started with the poems and help with spelling.
  7. Share poems.

Evaluation of student learning:

  1. Did all the students participate in the listening walk and carefully listen?
  2. Were the students able to label the ear with guided help?
  3. Did the students create their own "Ears Hear" poem with guidance?

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