We have been learning about hearing and sound for the last month and have come up with some big questions about how to construct instrument and create sounds with different pitch. With all the interruptions and absences that are inherent to December, we have been moving forward in fits and starts. So, for the last week, I decided to put my students in groups and give them a random selection of materials, with the challenge to create an object that makes sounds. My expectations were that the activity would produce a good selection of shaker type instruments and be over quite quickly. Not the case. Not only did my students create 6 completely different instruments, they worked collaboratively at a difficult time of the year, and were so engaged in the task, that we will be continuing it the first week back.
Stacey Cropper (@StaceyBeth82) is a third grade teacher at Hidden Valley School, who has an endless capacity for remembering useless information.