WEEK OF SEPT. 25TH
We are learning about sound. We are exploring and experimenting with a lot of fun stuff! In the process, our little STEMologists get to think like scientist, asking questions, and like engineers, designing solutions.
These are the main ideas for our unit:
We learned a new vocabulary word: vibration.
Yesterday, first graders got to think like engineers designing and building a small, simple musical instrument known as a kazoo. Students got to bring their kazoos home. If you see your first grader playing with their kazoo, you can help us reinforce these scientific concepts by asking your child to identify what they think is creating the sound. Once they identify that a vibration must be creating the sound, ask them to think and identify the part of part of instrument that might be vibrating. This can be a fun family activity! To investigate what is vibrating, the kazoo can be taken apart and put back together easily. Use guided inquiry to help your little scientist identify that the rubber-band stretched across the Popsicle stick is vibrating as air passes through. You can also spark their curiosity by playing with the kazoo to figure out if moving the sliders (pieces of straw) closer together or further apart affects the sound. What about squeezing the Popsicle sticks closer together? This is a simple toy that can be used to explore the nature of sound. Have fun exploring it!
To continue exploring at home, here are a few good books you can get from the library: