Skip to main content

Sound Travels


We have begun our new unit "Sound Travels".  It will be an 8 week inquiry into how sound and music are used to represent people’s feelings, ideas and cultures.


Our lines of inquiry are:
How sounds are created and heard. 
The different forms of music across cultures.
Music and sound are used to express images, feelings, and thoughts.

Trying different instruments.

This week we began our formative week of inquiry to find out what the children know about sound and music. We viewed a website (http://www.dsokids.com/) that provided information about various instrument groupings such as woodwind, strings, and percussion.  The website allowed the children to see an image of the instrument and hear it play alone and within an orchestra.  The children loved the low sounds of the double bass and the tuba.  

"This music makes me want to
dance with a King."
As the children listened to the various instruments play "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star", they tapped to the beat.  This led to the children wanting to listen to different types of music.  They found that some music made them want to dance and other music made them feel sad. Their favourite music was spooky sounding.

The children have expressed interest in learning to make their own instruments.



Comments

Popular posts from this blog

Say Hello

Verdi

Verdi: Catapults

Verdi, a young python, does not want to change.  The last thing he wants his to turn from his beautiful yellow to boring green. Verdi tries to change his colour back to yellow by scrubbing his skin and then covering it with mud. Nothing works.  He notices that the sky is bright yellow just like he used to be. Verdi launches himself from the treetops certain that his flight will change him back to yellow.



How did Verdi fly through the air? What a great opportunity to learn about catapults. Elastics and popsicle sticks were the only materials need to build a catapult.  First the children, used plastic snakes to sail through the area.  It was delightful to hear the excitement and the laughter as the children made  their "Verdi" fly.




I asked the children which would travel farther; a plastic snake or a pompom.  Most of the children though the heavier item, the snake, would travel a further distance.  The children were amazed at how far and how high a pompom could move.