Do you hear what I hear?
If it’s a nice day, pop your head outside. What do you hear? A better question: how do you hear it? Sound is all around us. Sound is actually made up of vibrations. The vibrations travel through the air in waves. The kind of wave determines the kind of sound we hear. The vibrations (waves) enter our ears, which after more vibrations are passed on to our brain, and our brains turn the vibrations into the sounds we hear.
Today you’ll be reading and learning all about sound. At the end, you’ll have a really neat experiment that amazed even me when I did it the first time!
When I was a teacher, I really loved all of the resources and materials from Scholastic and used them regularly in my classroom. The materials were well thought out, comprehensive, and met the objectives, but most importantly, my students really enjoyed them and were engaged. Like many companies, Scholastic has made several resources available to families during this time. They have a great module on sound for primary kiddos. Intermediate kiddos will watch resources by PBS.
Grades 1-2, Day 3
Watch a story about a violin, read along with a book that will tell you all about sound, watch a video, and then put your ears to the test! (A username & password are needed, but they are provided at the top of the Scholastic page.)
PBS Resources on Sound- Intermediate (3-5)
Understanding Vibrations and Pitch Click here for the video.
Sounds and Solids: Visualizing Vibrations
Sound Symphony: Different things make different sounds– Primary (K-2)
How Your Ears Work– Primary & Intermediate (K-5)
Today’s Experiment: How Sound Travels
Materials needed for today’s experiment: Yarn (2 pieces, each about 12 inches long), scissors, metal hanger, metal spoon
A note to moms, dads & supervising adults: Some of these links go to YouTube. As long as they watch on this webpage, it won’t go to YouTube. Please make sure to monitor your kids as they are watching the attached videos. Things labeled “Primary” is best for grades Kindergarten through 2nd, and things labeled “Intermediate” are best for grades 3rd and above, but you know your kiddos best.