Free Lesson Plan (part 3) for Joyful Noise

This is the third part of a series of FREE lesson plans, with downloadable audio available for a limited time, for 1989 Newbery Medal winner Joyful Noise: Poems for Two Voices by Paul Fleischman. Lesson Plans are by Hillary Wolfe, librarian at Northview High School in Covina, California, and are based in ideas from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

by wolfpixHere students will see the world through the eyes of a worker bee and a queen bee. They’ll then extend what they learn to other poems and to real life situations. This idea could easily translate into social studies projects or complement other literature.

Listen to or download (for a limited time) the audio clips below and download the corresponding lesson plan (in pdf format). Leave comments for other teachers on your additions or modifications to the lesson plan—we want to share your ideas with educators around the country! How have you used Joyful Noise in the classroom?

Joyful NoiseLESSON 3 – Objective: Students will be able to cite examples of different points of view; students will be able to contrast points of view in narrative text and explain how they affect the overall theme of the work.
Joyful Noise – Lesson 3 – Lesson Plans
Joyful Noise – Lesson 3 – Student Worksheets
Joyful Noise audio – Honey Bees
Joyful Noise audio – Water Striders
Joyful Noise audio – Requiem – House Cicadas

Listen online: Honey Bees (for this week’s activity)

Listen online: Water Striders (for this week’s activity)

Listen online: Requiem – House Cicadas

See Hillary’s plans in action:

Stay tuned to the blog for Lesson 4 for Joyful Noise. More lessons will be posted later in May. Check our previous Joyful Noise lesson plans to get the entire audiobook!

To download, right click on file name above and choose “Save As.” If you’d like your lesson plan to be featured, send us your idea!

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7 Responses

  1. This was cool! May I post a link to this blog on my blogsite, Christian Teacher Forum?

  2. I really enjoyed listening to these reading and plan to share these lesson plans with our English teachers. I think our Speech teacher would like using this for her oral interpretation part of the class. I am a special education teacher and do not currently teach a class that would work for this or I would try to incorporate it. You’re worksheets looked nice and fit some language arts standards very well.

    I could not get the Water Striders recording to save and would like to have it in a file for later use.

  3. To save the audio files, right click on the links (the part next to the picture of the book cover, not the players) and choose ‘save as’, then save the file wherever you’d like on your computer.


  4. I’m so glad you liked the lessons! I used to teach 6th grade and the idea of rhythm was really hard for them to hear. I used Joyful Noise with that group, and they began to transition to re-writing song lyrics.

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  6. I was looking for a way to teach my studetns how to write a two voice poem. This is wanderful

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