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Developing descriptions of sound

Classroom Activity for 5-11 Supporting Physics Teaching

What the Activity is for

Beginning to agree on some easily recognisable qualities.

To begin to develop a shared way of describing sounds and the sources of those sounds. These representations can usefully blend words, drawings and computation as expressive media.

What to Prepare

  • a selection of three or four different items with which to make sounds

What Happens During this Activity

Take the objects one at a time, and elicit suggestions as to how to both make, and then vary, sounds.

Develop the discussion to explore various what if changes that could be made, as a way of exploiting the situation to develop the richness of the descriptions.

The object making the sound earns its place as the focus here, as this usually leads to good discussions, offering opportunities to develop vocabulary and other ways of representing the sounds.

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