Reflection: Adjustments to Practice Shakin' and a Movin' - Section 3: Explore:

 

These stations are all great however they are very loud.  Even with the explorations being less than three minutes the noise it just way too loud for the classroom environment.  I see the value in each of these stations and they are great for teaching this standard. My recommendation would be to only do these stations in an outdoor setting.  I had the children go outside and scream and yell and asked them why it was so much louder indoors.  The answers were very creative and clever.  I heard things like, "Well, the noise in a small space just gets louder because it has no where to go." and "It was louder because we were yelling louder in the classroom."  I had the opportunity to ask them if they have heard the word echo before.  We talked about how sound can bounce off of walls and make a room sound really the loud but the same sound outdoors doesn't sound as loud. When I asked them why the class replied, "There are no walls." The class connected this learning to the lunchroom and to the gymnasium.  They even connected it to our school rule, Level 1 or 2 voices may be used indoors while level 3 or 4 voices are to be used outdoors. It was a great learning experience for me and for my students!  This is why I always take advantage of those "teachable moments."

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Shakin' and a Movin'

Unit 1: Unit 1: Sound Waves
Lesson 5 of 10

Objective: SWBAT explain ways that sound can make matter vibrate.

Big Idea: Students will explore three different learning stations to discover how sound makes matter vibrate. They will have to answer the question, "Can sound make matter vibrate?"

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