Observe objects vibrating as you introduce sound. Use a box with paper bits to demonstrate volume, a teacher demonstration and a student activity to demonstrate pitch.
A video with an overview of the resources and activities in each of the three lessons can make it easier to implement the three lessons. Videos of the activities and eight teacher presentations help you introduce sound to your students.
Students can read four essays (Sound is Energy, Sound Can be Loud or Soft, Sound Can be High or Low, and Sounds Change) in English or Spanish. You can be print the essays with color images or with blackline images for students to color. The essays have been recorded for students who benefit from hearing the text.
The activities use materials* that you can collect locally.
Resources for Teaching Sound
contains LOTS of materials that can make teaching sound easy including: writing worksheets, jokes, idioms, poetry suggestions, computation worksheets, a math connection, engineering suggestions, take home activities, two versions of a parent letter with a web page for families, and images for a work folder.
This lesson is part of a series about physics including: Energy
, and Heat 1
or Heat 2
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* Materials List: plastic cup, tuning fork, balloons, cardboard box, chopsticks, paper bits, glass bottle, soup spoons, string