The Listening Walk

September 12, 2011

The Listening Walk invites children to notice the world around them. It’s a great introduction to onomatopoeia with the many nature sounds weaved in throughout the text. Each page illustrates possible sounds children can hear around them when they are take the time to focus. Paul Showers also shares snippets of action dipped in sensory detail. Aliki’s colored drawings provide children with an example of how to capture the setting around them.

Class Activity: read the book and then take your class on a listening walk outside. Each season provides different sound opportunities. You can extend this activity by creating a sensory chart. Have your children focus in on the smells and sights around them as well.

Savorings for reading and in writing for The Listening Walk:

  • Onomatopoeia
  • Writerly Life – noticing life around you
  • Everyday Happening
  • Descriptive
  • Compare/ Contrast