Reflection: Modeling Singing Bottles - Section 3: Explore


I hoped that my student would discover that they can blow in the bottle to make sound, but after about three or four minutes of exploring I realized that they were not going to discover it on their own. I anticipated this, because I tried this with my son who is five. I suppose kids just don't play with or drink out of glass bottles. So, they didn't have a lot of prior knowledge. They also were not quite capable of making the sound. 

To help them discover they could blow in a bottle to make sound I said, "Have you tried blowing on the top of the bottle?" Then they all tried, but only one child could get a sound: child making sound. So, I said, "Try changing the angle or direction you are blowing on the bottle." Still only one child could do it, and she was not able to keep a consistent sound. So, I just modeled how to do it. I blew on the bottle and showed the class. 

This is a stratevy I use often. I allow the students opportunities to discover things through exploration, because when they discover it they never seem to forget it. But, learning is also much more meaningful when they discover things. But, when I see they are stuck, I ask questions. Then I offer models and show them what I want them to discover.

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Singing Bottles

Unit 6: Sound Travel
Lesson 10 of 12

Objective: SWBAT explain how bottles can make different sounds.

Big Idea: Allow students opportunities to discover sound and experiment with sound to help student understand how sound travels.

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Science, Sound, ELA, noise, glass, string
  70 minutes
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