Saturday, February 28, 2009

The Five Senses: Sound

March 3 is the birthday of Alexander Graham Bell. He makes a nice introduction to sound, the next in our series on the five senses. 
 
Topics to Study:
  • How sound is produced
  • How sounds travel
  • How the ear works
  • Sound waves
  • Echoes
  • Speed of Sound
  • Volume
  • Terms: eustachian tube, auditory nerve, semicircular canals, outer eat, auditory canal, eardrum, middle ear, cochlea, hammer, inner ear, stirrup, anvil
  • Alexander Graham Bell
Reading:
Internet Research:
Activities:
  • Label the parts of the ear by drawing a diagram of the ear or use the Ear worksheet
  • Paint a picture while listening to different types of music.
  • Make a string telephone.
  • Make your own instruments and play your own tune! 
  • Fill 8 bottles with water at different levels. Demonstrate how to change the sound by changing the water level. Create a simple tune by hitting the glasses with a spoon. 
  • Mystery Sounds: Blindfold your student. Make a variety of sounds (or use Find Sounds) and have your student guess what they are.
  • Build a Human Ear Model.
Composition:
  • Make a list of sounds you hear in the next five minutes.
  • Use as many sound words as you can in a story. (Examples: bang, crash, thud, clang, clatter, crunch, patter, pop, rustle, rumble, neigh, chirp, splash, whistle)
  • Research one of these animals: bat, dolphin, whale and learn how they use echolocation. Write about what you learned. 
  • Alexander Bell and Sound worksheets.
  • Echo and grammaphone coloring pages.
Check off your studies in The Checklist when you finish! (Page 139, 153, 161)

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