Fun with sound

Making sounds with simple instruments and understanding the importance of our ears was the focus of teacher workshops at the Primary Science Programme in Philippi

The Primary Science Programme (PSP) offers in service teacher training workshops for F phase teachers in Life Skills, Numeracy, Literacy and for I phase teachers NST, Maths, Languages and Social Sciences.

Our voice box is our very own built in musical instrument

feeling our voice box vibrating
feeling our voice box vibrating

We all have a musical instrument in our throats and we all use it without even thinking.

By changing the size of our voice box and vibrating the vocal chords we make different sounds.

 

Our bodies love to move and dance together

Dancing and clapping
 A dancing and clapping game.

It was easy to join in the rhythm of this game and learn counting  and pattern recognition skills without even realizing it.

 

 

 

Each one of us is an energy system

Creating an energy story
Creating an energy story

Our body needs energy from food to survive.

We get this energy from food we eat. Much of our food is made from plants.

Where did they get the energy? ….light energy from the sun!!!

Our bodies are constantly converting energy into different forms.

In order to make sounds we have to make something move and vibrate.

We make sounds with our bodies by clapping our hands, stamping our feet, thumping on the table, humming, singing, shouting, screaming, whistling. The more energy we put into making the sound the louder the sound.

Simple musical instruments

blowing a straw
blowing a straw

We can also make sounds with simple things to make a musical instrument.

blowing a cut straw.

a long straw makes a low note and a short straw makes a high note

 

 

An ice-cream container guitar to strum

picking an elastic band
plucking an elastic band

 

Thick elastic bands have more material to vibrate and therefore make a lower pitch sound when plucked.

Thin elastic bands make a higher note.

 

 

Coffee jar piano

coffee jar instrument
coffee jar piano

Tapping the bottles with a metal item makes a tinging sound.

Tinging the full bottle makes a low note while tinging the empty bottle makes a high note

The empty water bottle in the background makes a wonderful low boom

 

Traditional instruments

 

trying out the traditional instruments
trying out the traditional instruments

Everybody enjoyed shaking, rattling, strumming, blowing, twisting in order to make an interesting sound.

 

 

 

 

blowing the pan pipes
blowing the pan pipes

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

strumming the little guitar
strumming the little guitar

 

 

 

 

 

 

Twisting the twister
Twisting the twister

Making our own instruments

The challenge was to make a simple instrument out of recycled materials that could make a low and a high sound

making a drum takes concentration
making a drum takes concentration

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Practicing fine motor skills and having fun
Practicing fine motor skills and having fun

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I know that these teachers will create some wonderful lessons in their classrooms. They may be very noisy but then that is what sound is all about…….learning to make music out of noise by making patterns

 

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