SOUNDS GOOD TO ME
In these activities, students identify and classify sources
of sounds. The children will listen to a variety of sounds, and use them
as a basis for data collection, sorting, and graphing.
Science is Elementary #105: Let's Explore Sound
Head to Toe #111: Sounds
The students will:
- Identify a variety of sounds.
- Sort the sources of sounds into two categories: "Sounds I Hear
in My Neighborhood" and "Sounds I Do Not Hear in My Neighborhood."
- Chart their data pictorially and on a bar graph.
For each child:
- "Sound Pictures" sheet
- "Sounds I Hear" activity sheet
- "Number of Sounds I Hear" activity sheet
- crayons (two different colors)
CUE the tape Sounds to the beginning.
Tell the students they are going to hear several sounds.
BEGIN the segment. PAUSE the tape after the boy plays each
sound on his tape recorder. Have students call out the source of that sound.
STOP the tape after about 2:30 minutes, right after the boy says,
Discuss the students' reactions to the activity. Were they able to identify
the source of each sound? Where have they heard the sounds before? Which
sounds do they hear in their neighborhood?
Explain that we receive information in many ways, and that hearing is one
of them. Tell the students that they are going to remember sounds that they
have heard, and make those sounds when they see the various sources.
The first time the students view the video segment (sound off),
they will focus on the objects themselves, and make the corresponding sounds.
CUE Science is Elementary: Let's Explore Sound to about
2:30 minutes into the program, when the girl is reading on her bed.
Turn off the sound when she says, "I wonder where the sound is coming
from?" Show the rest of the segment with the sound off. Have the children
make the sounds themselves as the objects are shown on the video. FREEZE
frame as each object is shown, to give the children sufficient time to create
an appropriate sound. STOP the video about 2 minutes later after
the same girl plays the drum.
Discuss the various objects that made the sounds. Ask the children how they
knew what sound to make. When and where have the children heard the sounds
before-at home, school, on a trip, on TV, etc.
REWIND the tape and show the same segment of the girl. The second
time through the video segment (sound on), the children will listen to the
sounds and determine whether they have heard that sound in their neighborhood
or outside of their neighborhood.
Pass out the "Sounds I Hear" and the "Sound Pictures"
sheets, along with scissors and glue. Repeat the video segment with the
sound on. Pause the video after each sound. Have the children record each
sound source on their "Sounds I Hear" activity sheet, by cutting
out and gluing each picture, either in the first column "Sounds I Hear
in My Neighborhood." or the second column, "Sounds I Do Not Hear
in My Neighborhood."
Have the children add up the total number of objects in each
category and share their results with the class. Compare the data and discuss
the variations. Why do some children hear certain sounds in their neighborhood,
while others do not?
Next, have the children transfer their data onto the "Number of Sounds
I Hear" activity sheet. They will create a bar graph of their results,
coloring in squares to represent the objects.
For homework, ask the students and their families to listen
for 5 minutes to sounds in or around their homes. Have the children make
a list of all the sounds they hear on the "Neighborhood Sounds"
activity sheet. Share the lists at school.
1. Show the segment in Science is Elementary: Let's Explore Sound, in which
the girl makes sounds with different parts of her body (about 12:30 minutes
into the program, until the end-about 1 minute total viewing time). Have
the children take turns creating sounds with parts of their body. Tally
how many different sounds the students can make with different parts of
2. For homework, the students can experience television with the sound off,
and record their results on the "Sound-Or Rather, No Sound" activity
sheet. How much of the story can they determine without the sound? How did
they feel while watching?
3. There are many software packages which can record and play sound. For
example, using KidWorks2, HyperStudio, or Linkway, students can record and
edit their own voices, music, and sounds on the computer.
After completing "Sounds I Hear in My Neighborhood" activities,
your class may have more questions about sound. The San Francisco Exploratorium
is a good place to start looking for answers to questions. Log into the
Exploratorium's Home Page. Choose "Ask Us." Submit a question
The "Webrarians" (Global SchoolNet) are also very skilled in helping
people locate resources. Webrarians are kids K-12 and teachers who answer
Global SchoolNet - "Webrarians"
Master Teachers: Meg Hudson, Sarah L. Hudson and Linda Barnett
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