It’s not quite true that in the forest you have to keep absolute silence. Sounds are very important signals, organizing life. With their help, both animals and plants communicate. After a squirrel scratches a tree, a bird mom knows, for example, that a predator is approaching the nest and can warn the chicks about it. As a side note, because wood is an excellent conductor of sound, it is often used to build musical instruments.
Let’s find out how well wood conducts sound.
– To draw children’s attention to the sounds of the forest.
– To familiarize children with the habits of forest birds and animals.
Time: 20 minutes
- branch or piece of wood
Course of the task
The teacher tells the news from the text placed at the beginning of the task about the behavior of birds and squirrels. Then he explains the course of the game:
Two volunteers will take the role, one as a squirrel, the other as a bird mom. The other children will be the chicks. The squirrel sets its sound code and gives it by ear only to the bird mom.
Ex: scratch in the wood – attention danger, children are to hide behind tree trunks, tapping – all is well, children can run freely,
two taps – earthquake, all the birds (including the bird mom) are to pair up. The person who is left without a pair changes the child, being in the role of a squirrel. “Existing squirrel” becomes a chick. The teacher chooses a new bird mom.
In case the number of children is odd, the teacher also plays.
The squirrel and the bird mom stand far enough away from the group so that they can hear the sound code given between them by the branch. The bird mom, upon hearing the code, must give the information to her chicks normally, verbally. The game goes on for as long as the children feel like it.
This post was created as part of a project co-financed by the Deutsche Bundesstiftung Umwelt in cooperation with Naturschutzzentrum Oberlausitzer Bergland.