Watch and Discuss: The Sounds of Silence, Part 1

Quack’s talking disturbs Peep and Chirp, who are trying to listen for sounds.

Materials

The Sounds of Silence (video)

Key Science Concepts

  • Different objects make different sounds.
  • Sounds have a source—a sound can be tracked to its source.

Directions

Before you watch: Tell children they will be watching a PEEP episode in which Peep and Chirp try listening carefully to sounds. But Quack keeps disturbing them by talking and making noise!

As you watch: Ask children to raise their hands when they discover what sounds Peep and Chirp can hear once Quack quiets down. Write these on a chart: frogs, birds, the sea, a banging garbage can, and Quack’s stomach.  

After you watch: Ask, was it hard for Quack to be quiet? How do you know that? Were Peep and Quack able to notice more sounds, once Quack wasn’t talking all the time? Why could they hear more once Quack was quiet? Can you think of a time when you’ve been disturbed by noise or people talking? What happened? Can you think of a polite way to ask people to be a little quieter?