A student’s ‘Sound Detective’ chart showing their thinking process- they noted the Sound Properties of the mystery instrument being played, imagined what it might look like with a drawing, noted their prior knowledge they were using to infer, and then made their guess.
Quotes from student journals reflecting on the mystery instrument game: “Inferring the instruments was like inferring what we read because you have to listen, HARD.”
“You find clues.”
“It’s the same thing but it’s FUN.”
From Mrs. Bohman: “This is phenomenal. They put the mental pictures together with what they were hearing and imagining. This is missing from the way we teach reading.”
Next, students were invited to invent a musical instrument based on someone they know. They chose a character (age, size, mood, name), identified the properties of their character’s voice (pitch, volume, tone, sustain, rhythm) and designed an instrument that according to those properties.
“My character is my mom. Her voice is smooth, but not TOO full of smooth.”