By collaborating in experiments on different ways of producing sound from vibrations, I can demonstrate how to change the pitch of the sound.

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· Demonstrates how sounds can be made higher or lower pitch by altering tightness, length, width or thickness or other physical characteristics of the sound source.

· Explains that sound is caused by a vibration in a material.

Angus Council Repacked Outcomes, Medium Term Plan for Sound

1 Sound.doc

Teacher notes for explaining 'pitch'

teacher note on exploring changes of pitch.doc

Make a Guitar

Useful Videos

Ask pupils to name all of the different ways that the group produce sound. This is a great lesson opener!

This video explains a little more about the instruments in the orchestra. A great context for linking vibration and sound. Children can explore how the instruments in the orchestra are organised according to how they are made to vibrate. For example by hitting (percussion) blowing (wind) or plucking/strumming (strings)!

Musical Instrument Card Sort

The following cards can be used in lots of different ways, such as:

  • Sorting by what the musician needs to do to make the the instruments make noise (hitting, plucking etc.)
  • Sorting by which part of the instrument vibrates to produce noise
  • etc.

Make Sprinkles Dance

Youtube video: How to make a Popsicle Stick Kazoo/Harmonica (on next video)

Make a 'buzzing noise maker'!

A short video to explain pitch and vibration

Video explaining pitch and vibration in relation to a 'string telephone'

What is Sound?

Instructions for making musical instruments in the classroom

Sound Activities.pdf
SSERC Sounds good document.pdf

BP Resources: Design a Guitar

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