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  • Angie O'Malley


First grade students have been learning all about sound! With the help of STEMscopes Curriculum, Mystery Science, Exploratorium Science Snacks, and supplements I've created, we are off to a great start!

We started by discussing and drawing objects that make sound. We then learned that vibrations cause sound. We practiced this by plucking a rubber band that was stretched across a cup. We also watched a video on Mystery Science of a guitar being played up close so we could see the strings vibrate.

Next, students participated in sound stations around the room. Students dipped tuning forks into water to see the water splash from the vibrations, they played with various instruments borrowed from our music teacher, and watched sand dance on plate that was resting on a speaker.

The next week students explored two apps, Tune Train and GarageBand. We were able to discuss pitch, loud, quiet, complex, and simple sounds. Students also were able to virtually play instruments on GarageBand they may not otherwise have access to, like the Bass and Kick Drum.

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