This activity from the Science Museum investigates how sound travels, using a kind of gong made from a coat hanger and some string. The gong makes a surprising and intriguing sound – but only when you have your fingers in your ears.
- Experience that sound is produced by vibrations and travels better through solids than gases
- Use observation and questioning skills
- Understand how sound travels through different materials has useful applications in our everyday lives
Music, art, poetry - with the idea that music has layers and textures as does art. I used many different genres of music with the idea that many composers fuse styles of music together as do some artists.
The poetry was idea from Pie Corbett and it worked very well.
Big thanks to Pie for kindly writing us a poem that inspired everyone so much!
The Powerpoint demonstrates how to make a chicken sound from a cup, then challenges the children to investigate how they can make the sound louder/quieter by using different yarns, and different sized cups.
The science behind the activity is that the cup is acting as a sound box.
I linked my science topic with my Design Technology topic to design and make a musical instrument.
Briefly examine the structure of the ear and how vibrations are heard as sounds. Compare light and sound waves further. Discuss echoes and how bats or dolphins use echolocation. Talk about deafness and introduce children to British Sign Language.
Go on a listening walk to learn about different sounds and identify where they come from. Listen carefully to sounds made by everyday objects and collect some words to describe them. Discuss how sound travels through the air and enters our ears.
Suitable for Year 1 pupils.
Find other lesson plans and resources at www.hamilton-trust.org.uk.
Progressive activity for learning how to draw sound waves using different pitches and amplitudes. Starter activity is the one on the left of the worksheet (with purple header). Main activity structured so that pupils gradually work more independently. Table provided to allow students to peer assess. Worked great for an observation lesson for my bottom end year 6's.
Certain sounds are described as high, such as those produced by a violin, or low, such as those produced by a tuba. A description of a sound as high or low is known as the pitch. The pitch of a sound depends on the number of waves produced in a given time. In this lesson plan, children begin to understand that sound travels in waves, is created by vibrations, and can create different pitches. Children will also investigate and explore how sound travels in waves. Later, they will further explore concepts of sound waves in their visit to the How Does It Work? exhibit.
A fabulous practical for the exploration of how sounds are made. A Powerpoint which can be printed and laminated to form an circus of mini-experiments so pupils can discover how sounds are produced. Detailed word document for recording their findings. Ideal for year 4 sound and can be adapted and extended for older pupils as well.
11 activities in the circus. Answers provided.
Covers the following areas:
• To identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating
• To recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear
• To observe and record what they see and hear at each station.
• To Find patterns between the pitch of the sound and features of the object that produced it
find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.
This interactive notebook uses cut and stick activities to help your class learn about sound and waves.
-Investigate ..the sound waves produced by different musical instruments
-Describe .. the loudness and frequency of each musical instrument
-Explain.. how a sound is heard by the ear
-Apply..data to a chart of the hearing range of different animals
-Link.. ideas about light and sound to thunder and lightning
In this activity, students model how sound travels by sending waves along two stretched plastic slinkies tied together.
By the end of this activity, students should be able to:
• understand that sound is a longitudinal wave where particles in the medium vibrate back and forth along the same direction as the wave travels
• see that a wave travels along as a series of compressions and expansions in the medium.
A PowerPoint (PPT) on how Sound is made, ideally aimed at Year 5. Explains about vibration and how a sound travels through the air, plus a few tasks along the way and discussion points. Simple start to the topic if you're unsure how sound is made. Please review/comment so I can amend it to make it better in the future.
EDIT - SMLeigh is correct, on slide four you will need to discuss the ear drum. My apologies!
A set of resources to help children understand about sounds and how they are made. It follows the objectives of the 2014 curriculum.
LISTENING TO EVERYDAY SOUNDS: Twelve everyday sounds to listen to as an introduction to the topic
HOW WE HEAR: Explains how we hear and looks at different parts of the ear and what happens when sound enters it. It asks questions to encourage the children to think about sound and hearing.
WHAT ARE SOUNDS: Explains that sounds are vibrations, discussing how sounds are made and how vibrations travel through air and through solids. Discusses loud sounds, the effects of wind, and how light and sound travel at different speeds, giving examples.
PROPERTIES OF SOUNDS: Explains pitch and volume; how volume changes with distance but pitch does not unless the source of sound is moving. It ends with an activity to describe a selection of sounds.
THE VOLUME OF SOUNDS: Activity to listen to sounds and think about distance and volume.
MAKING SOUNDS: A look at different musical instruments and how they make sounds. Includes drums, piano, and guitar. Suggests different objects the children cound use to create different sounds.
SOUND - MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS: Pictures of different instruments for the children to look at and work out how they make sounds.
SOUND CONCEPT MAP: For the children to record what they already know and what they would like to find out
LISTENING TO SOUNDS SHEET: To use on listening activities
TOPIC COVER X 2: With 'Sound' title; one with a picture, the other without.
A4 Sound title
A-Z lettering, with Sound title, one letter per A4 page
A set of different sheets for investigations and recording
PLUS a medium term plan with activities and web links
Talk about sound being made by movement (vibrations) and discover how different sounds are made by musical instruments. Children make simple shakers and order them according to pitch. Use poems as a stimulus for children to describe sounds they like/don’t like.
Suitable for Year 1 pupils.
Find other lesson plans and resources at www.hamilton-trust.org.uk.
Sound, Sound Energy and Speed. The lesson first reviews sound including how it is heard and how it is created. It then requires the students to perform an inquiry activity into the how noise cancelling headphones work. Lastly the speed of sound is examined including how its speed changes in different temperatures. To reinforce this, the lesson includes multiple practice questions. There are 2 videos embedded right into the lesson. Simply view the lesson in slideshow mode and click the video image. The video will automatically open in your browser. The videos are embedded on my site so that I can keep them updated and replace them if needed.
The PowerPoint contains diagrams, examples and explanations. It includes the lesson (student and teacher versions of the PowerPoint) and 2 videos. I have used this lesson in my own classroom with great success.
Included in the lesson package is:
- The teacher version of the PowerPoint
- The student version of the PowerPoint
- 2 embedded videos
- Student lesson handout
In order, the lesson covers:
- Creating Sound
- Moving Sound
- Noise Cancelling Headphones
- The Speed of Sound
The student version of the PowerPoint contains multiple blanks that need to be filled in throughout the lesson. These blanks are conveniently underlined and bolded on the teacher copy. I have found this to be the most effective means of keeping my students engaged and active without having them write everything out. This also leaves more time for discussion and activities.
The rock stars of the world need your help! They want their children to come to their concerts and rock-out, but they want to protect their precious ears! Find out all you can about sound; how it travels, pitch and volume. Then investigate materials to see which will provide the best insulation against sound. Be ready to present your ideas to a famous panel.
Includes 6 session plans & resources:
01 - Sound walk
02 - Good vibrations
03 - Pitch and volume
04 - Pardon?
05 - Ssssshhhhhh!
06 - The Rock Star Challenge
Hamilton’s science scheme provides children with a broad but comprehensive experience of primary science that systematically covers all of the National Curriculum for England objectives. Each year group is split into 6 blocks of 6 sessions, each of which can be completed within a half-term. We present them in a recommended teaching order, but you may adapt this to fit your requirements. Working scientifically, investigations and meaningful outcomes are fully incorporated in each block.
This is an editable interdisciplinary unit on the Science of Sound Energy for 1st grade music and science. This lesson and accompanying PowerPoint will provide you all you need to teach a fun, engaging science of sound unit. This unit was written to meet the 1st grade science of sound curriculum in Georgia, but can be modified to meet the needs of other grade levels. This packet is wonderful for collaboration between music teachers and classroom teachers!
In this packet you will receive:
• Detailed lesson plans for the Science of Sound ready to print, yet fully editable for your needs (Microsoft Word).
• Engaging PowerPoint to lead your students through learning about the science of sound. There is a partially editable (text is editable) version and a version that is pre-formatted and ready to show right away.
• Interactive quizzes; take as a class or check the answers on the accompanying assessment papers.
• Partner Sound Card Game - directions included.
• Listening Walk Worksheet to go with the Listening Walk book.
• Differentiated Sound Sorts (with both Soft and Quiet Terms) - Use as a center or as an assessment. (plus answer keys)
--- Sound Sort, Cut and Paste OR Color/Circle, for High/Low, Loud/Soft, Emergency/Non-Emergency
--- Sound Label, Write in the correct label, Loud/Soft and High/Low
• Guide for completing six experiments for the Science of Sound
The ready to print lesson plan and accompanying presentation cover the following topics:
• What is vibration? • How do instruments vibrate? • How does our voice vibrate?
• Quick look at the families of instruments. • Make vibrations from paper.
• Introductory look at sound waves - volume (amplitude) • Introductory look at sound waves - pitch (frequency) • Original piggy back song to remember pitch vs volume. • Comparison of Emergency sounds and what is an Emergency sound?
• EXPERIMENTS: String Telephone, Box Guitar, Tuning Fork Fun, Jumping Rice, Ruler Vibrations, Hanger Bells
Additional materials needed to complete the lesson as written
• The Listening Walk by Paul Showers. ISBN 9780064433228 • Internet access to view videos online (safeshare links provided!) • Samples of each family of instruments (optional)
• Streamer wands • Printer • Storage boxes for materials • Glasses and food coloring.
• Various materials for experiments.