Guess the Sound quizzes

Guess the sound games are a really fun way to start off a lesson and get everyone focused, plus they’re a fabulous way to introduce a theme and activate related vocabulary.

It’s easy to make your own, but here are some pre-rolled guess the sound activities.

Where to find sound effects

YouTube is a wonderful resource for locating short sound effects, especially their audio sound studio. There are plenty of apps and browser extensions which allow you to download YouTube videos as MP3 files.

There are also plenty of websites which have hundreds of royalty free sound effects which you can download and use. For example, soundbible, audiomicro and audioblocks.

If you need to edit a sound effect to get just the part that you need, then audacity is an open source sound editor which is relatively easy to use, or you can even do simple editing online with a site like TwistedWave .

How to play

Tell students that you are going to play x number of sounds (I usually aim for around 15) which they must try to identify and write down. Play your set of sounds through from beginning to end, and then after a short pause play them again. Ask how many sounds the students think they have identified. Let them swap notes with their neighbour to see if they can fill any gaps in their list and be ready to play any individual sounds again that have caused puzzlement.

Now it’s time to give the answers. Play the sounds one by one and ask the students to identify each sound. Instead of just giving the answer, I like to use a picture of the sound source because although they might recognise the sound they might not know the right words needed to describe it. The pictures help to confirm whether they have the correct answer and gives you the opportunity to give them the necessary vocabulary.