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By Josie Whitehead

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Josie's Voice Recording Shhh What Can You Hear?

People shouting, dogs that bark;

Owls that hoot out in the dark.

   Paper rustling, bells that ring;

   Ducks who quack and birds that sing.


Sheep bleat loudly, cows say "moo"

And don't forget "cuckoo, cuckoo".

   The ripple of a mountain stream;

   People whisper and they scream.


The piglets grunt whilst horses "neigh"

And cockerels crow at break of day.

   The bellowing bull and purring cat.

   The sound of humans as they chat.


The cry of gulls and buzz of bees;

Sounds which hurt and those that please.

   Some things we wouldn't want to hear

   Whilst others please the human ear.


Our brains are fed the sounds we hear

Which first are captured by our ears.

    Which are the sounds I may have missed?

    Well, write them down upon your list.



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Follow-Up:  Almost all living things make a noise, and machines and other things do too.  A gate closing, a door loudly closing and even your toilet when you flush it.  Write down as many names for sounds as you can and exchange your list with your neighbour.  See if you can put a name to each sound he/she has written.  Josie

The Sounds of Life