1. Overview

The child listens to a sequence of two sounds and names the sounds they hear.

This is like Name that Sound (A2), where the child had to name one sound, but now the child has to remember two sounds and their order. This game further develops memory and attention. The game leads to First, Next & Last Sounds (A6), where there are three or more sounds.

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A4: First Sound, Last Sound

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2. Materials

A smartphone or computer that can play the sounds below:

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3. Activity

Prepare the child by playing all the sounds you are going to use, naming each sound as you hear it. This gets the child familiar with the sounds and their names.

Demonstrate the game by playing two different sounds, and naming the sounds along with their order.

Adult: I just played two sounds.
            What was the first sound?
            The first sound was a cow.
            What was the last sound?
            The last sound was a doorbell.
Video: How to play First Sound, Last Sound

Start the game by playing two sounds and asking the child to name the sounds.

Adult: I am going to play two sounds for you.
            Listen.
[play Donkey and Lion]
            What was the first sound?

Child: A donkey!
Adult: What was the last sound?
Child: A lion.
Adult: That’s right.

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4. Confidence Builder

If the child has trouble identifying the order of the sounds, ask for just one of the sounds. Tell him in advance which sound you want him to listen for.

Adult: I am going to play two sounds for you.
            Listen, and then tell me the first sound.
           
[play Donkey and Owl]
            What was the first sound?

Child: A donkey!

If the child has trouble identifying a sound, you can help by giving him two options.

Adult: OK, what was the first sound?
Child: Um…I dunno.
Adult: Was the first sound a bird, or an ambulance?
Child: It was a bird!

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5. Extension

Once the child has mastered the basic game, make it a bit harder by reversing the order and asking for last sound, then asking for the first sound.

Adult: I am going to play two sounds for you.
            Listen.
[play Frog and Sneezing]
            What was the last sound?

Child: A frog!
Adult: No, try again. Listen.
           
[play Frog and Sneezing]
            What was the last sound?

Child: Sneezing.
Adult: Right. And what was the first sound?
Child: A frog.

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6. Variation

You can play this game with a wide variety of sound or music clips. You can even make your own sounds (e.g., clapping hands, whistling, drumming fingers on a table).

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7. Small Groups (2-5 children)

Lesson Objective: Children will be able to listen and name two sounds in the correct order.

GELDS (Georgia Early Learning & Development Standards): CLL1.3b

Additional Materials:

  • musical instruments such as bells, rhythm sticks, shakers (for Reinforcement)

Adaptation: Read the main activity, watch the video, and follow the instructions above, with the following changes:

Have the children take turns selecting sound clips to play for the rest of the group to identify. Encourage them to come up with their own sounds (such as clapping, stomping, etc.).

Reinforcement: Give each child two musical instruments. One child at a time will play her two instruments, pausing in between. Prompt the children with questions, like this:

Adult: Which instrument did you hear first?
Children: [respond with answer]
Adult: Which instrument did you hear last?
Children: [respond with answer]

Use this Reinforcement at Home form to tell parents and guardians how they can reinforce lessons outside the classroom.

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2 Responses to “A4: First Sound, Last Sound”

  1. Karen Standard

    For the sound links, could you have a picture to click on so if I want a child in my class to choose a sound for me to play there would be a picture to point at.

    Reply
  2. Laura Whitlock

    Introduced this game today. They like the game but I only have a few who grasp the idea. We will continue to work on it

    Reply

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