September Newsletter

This months inspiration is nature sounds! Check out our newsletter to learn how you can incorporate nature sounds into your learning environment.


From the sound of wind ruffling the leaves, to the geese migrating overhead, and the sound of field crickets all around, now is a perfect time to study sound.


Fall Field Crickets

Fall field crickets lay their eggs in the cooler months. In the spring they hatch and develop into nymphs. In late summer and early fall the nymphs develop into adults and begin to sing. 

Crickets hear through ear like structures called tympana on their front legs. This can be compared to a human's tympanic membrane - otherwise know as an eardrum. 

Ask students to research composers that have been inspired by insect sounds. Read the Zuni Indian myth about Cicada and Coyote, a fun story on why cicadas shed their skin and coyotes have a jagged smile. Read On the Banks of Plum Creek by Laura Ingalls Wilder. This story describes her experience of the Rocky Mountain locust during the 1800's. Study the human ear and compare to other animals.

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