The Early Years: Hear That?by: Peggy Ashbrook

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Like breathing, the ability to hear sound is often taken for granted unless it becomes impaired. Children may not wonder about how sound is generated or detected until introduced to an inquiry activity about sound. Therefore, to heighten students’ appreciation of sound, this month’s column features an activity in which they use their senses to understand this abstract concept. In addition, students construct a kazoo out of simple materials in order to feel vibrations that create sound.

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  • on Mon Aug 05, 2013 10:36 AM

This article gives the reader a clear picture of what your children know about sound. It is hard for them to understand that sound is waves moving through the air around them. So, combining feeling sound while hearing it in a kazoo is a good way to introduce the topic. There are clear plans in this article to create an easy to make kazoo.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Thu Aug 25, 2011 12:15 PM

Hearing is an important sense that humans use to understand our environment. Students in this simple activity create a simple instrument (kazoo) that allows them to explore how to produce sound and what they hear. Along with comments for the teacher, the author also provides some good stories to read in class to understand that vibrating objects produce sound.

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)

  • on Mon Apr 17, 2017 7:27 PM

This article really helped me kick off my science unit. It gave me a jumping point of some ideas for activities. I slightly changed the Stop and Listen activity. I had the students go to different places in the room while I made noises that they had to identify. It made them think about the sounds of objects that don't generally make sound in the classroom. As a class we made shakers due to the materials we had on hand. For the next time I teach sound I would like to make kazoos with the students, I think the sound and the feeling of the vibrations would more on next the concept over a shaker.


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