In this set of activities, students use play and exploration to learn about movement, vibrations and hearing sounds.
This resource is designed for students working at New Zealand Curriculum levels 1 and 2. It also supports the Exploration – Mana Aotūroa strand in Te Whāriki. It identifies key science concepts and ways in which students can explore, experience and build their understanding of sound and the movement and vibrations required for us to hear sounds. It also provides pedagogical information to guide educators as they shape questions and discussions during the exploratory activities.
The article Building Science Concepts: Exploring sound provides background information about basic science concepts needed to understand sound and how we make and hear them.
This activity provides opportunities for students to investigate:
- personal experiences of hearing sounds
- vibrations (movement) and sound
- the connection between the size of vibrations and the loudness of the sound produced.
You will need:
- empty tins or yoghurt containers
- lengths of cotton string
- paper clips.
Download the Word file (see link below).
Related content and activities
Building Science Concepts: Exploring sound is a partial replication of the New Zealand Ministry of Education’s Building Science Concepts Book 18 Exploring Sound: Using Sound-makers and Musical Instruments. The article and interactive cover the science notes provided in the original BSC book.
Sound – lower primary is a collection of resources and notes for educators. You are welcome to copy the collection to your own profile, where you can edit and curate additional resources. The article Creating collections tells you how to get the most out of a collection.
Sounds of Aotearoa is a recorded PLD session that features educators from the New Zealand Association of Primary Science Educators (NZAPSE) exploring fun ways to learn and teach about sound.
Additional activities for investigating sound with younger students:
Deakin University has a concise listing of science concepts and alternative conceptions as they relate to sound.
This resource uses information from the New Zealand Ministry of Education’s Building Science Concepts Book 18 Exploring Sound: Using Sound-makers and Musical Instruments.