How do boats find their way in the fog?
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How do boats find their way in the fog?
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Optional Activities: Navigating by Sights and Sounds

Like cars on a road, boats on a bay use color and sound to find their way around. These activities let students explore their own skills of watching and listening, and practice some of the sound words they hear every day.

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Optional Activity: Red Light/Green Light

  • This classic game can be played indoors or outside. The object is for students to respond to your signal—red for stop, and green for go. If you have lots of space, students can walk or run toward you when you hold up a green sign. If you’re indoors, you can have students march in place and stop when you hold up a red sign.
  • Find more ideas for Red Light/Green Light here.
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Optional Activity: Sound Words Challenge

Have students write these five words on index cards:

  • clap
  • whistle
  • tap
  • snap
  • stomp

When you’re ready to play, ask students to cover their eyes while you make one of these sounds. Then have students open their eyes, decide which sound they heard, and hold up the card they think has the correct word on it. If there’s disagreement, make the sound again with students watching, and ask them if they want to change their guess.

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Extensions

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.
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Activity: Sound Cups

In this game, each student gets a cup that make noise when shaken. By listening carefully to each other’s cups, each student can find their sound partner — the person with the cup that makes the same sound as theirs. When everyone has found their sound partner, they can peek inside to see what’s been making the noise.

Here’s how to prepare for this activity:

  1. Collect small objects that make distinctive sounds when shaken in a cup. (Some possible objects: dried beans, rice, paper clips, pennies, salt, dry pasta, erasers.)
  2. Set out as many cups as you have students. If you have an odd number of students, add a cup for yourself.
  3. Make cups in pairs: two cups with paper clips in them, two with rice, and so on.
  4. Cover each cup with a piece of aluminum foil, held in place with a rubber band.
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In this Read-Along Mystery, Gabrielle sets sail with her aunt—the captain of a tugboat—and discovers how the sights and sounds on the bay can help boats find their way. The Mystery includes a short exercise where students get moving by pretending to be boats. You can extend the lesson with the optional activity, Navigating by Sights and Sounds, where students play games to practice listening for sound cues.

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Number of students:
Index Cards (3x5)
5 cards per student
Prep Instructions

We recommend two activities (Red Light/Green Light and Sound Card Challenge) that let students explore their own skills of watching and listening and practice some of the sound words they hear every day.

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