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Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Science: Sound Stations

At the last science professional development of the year, we looked at the science of sound. Here are some of the activities we teachers got to play with. :)

Mystery Egg Shakers

 You know all those Easter eggs that are just sitting around your house right now, just waiting for next year's hunt? Put them to good use! Mystery Egg Shakers!
Each egg is holding different small items and students must guess the item based on the sound of it being shaken in the egg.
Here are some of the ideas for the small items: small barrette, dice, rubber ball, chalk, safety pins, brass brads, shells (or shell noodles), rubber bands, push pins, shelf hooks, Lego block, paper, cotton ball, hard candy
Students will have to describe how object sound when being shaken in the egg. They can also describe the weight of the egg. It was lots of fun to play as an adult, so I know the kids would love it!


Mini Milk Carton Guitar
 Remember doing this when you were in school? It's still fun today! Using pencils to make sure the rubber bands have vibrating room, use different sized bands to create different sounds. Bonus points of you can play a song!
 This activity was found online, so our presenter couldn't take the credit. Not sure of the website, but love the activity!

PVC Mouth Pipe

Using PVC pipe cut into 4-8 inch sections, the pipes are first glues together using plumbers glue, then taped together using pretty tape. (to cover the ugly glue)
Our facilitator mentioned that if you're a teacher, and have adorable puppy eyes, places like Ace and Home Depot will usually cut the pipe for a discount- and sometimes for free!

I've seriously enjoyed the science professional developments this year. Can't wait to see what they have in store for us next year!

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