Good Vibrations

Mrs. Wideman/1st Grade/Sycamore Elementary School

Project Idea:

This project provides students with experiences that aid in developing an understanding of how to observe and manipulate sound. The students explore sounds of the natural world using simple tools and musical instruments.

Students learn that sound comes from vibrating objects. They discover how to change sound volume and pitch, and students develop simple models for how sound travels from a source to a receiver. They will learn how to discriminate between different kinds of sounds and what information sounds convey. Students use simple instruments (xylophone, one-string guitar) to investigate how to change the volume of sound (loud and soft) and the pitch of sound (high and low).

Driving Question/Challenge Statement

How can I use vibrations to make the sound of music?

Essential Questions

  • What causes sound?
  • What kinds of sounds are easy to identify?
  • What information does sound give us?
  • How can we make loud and soft sounds?
  • How can we make low-pitched and high-pitched sounds?
  • How does sound travel from the source to the receiver?
  • How can we use sound to communicate over long distances?


2015 Science Standard CCRSS #1 [Conduct experiments to provide evidence that vibrations of matter can create sound (e.g., striking a tuning fork, plucking a guitar string) and sound can make matter vibrate (e.g., holding a piece of paper near a sound system speaker, touching your throat while speaking].

Entry Event:

The band director from Winterboro High School came to teach us about different instruments and how vibrations are used in making the music coming from them.
Entry Event: Winterboro Band Director

Good Vibrations: Featuring Mrs. Wideman's Class

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Good Vibrations

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