Lesson plan

Sound activities outdoors

Sound activities most suited to the outdoors, using outdoor materials, being quite loud or needing more space.
Science content
Biology: Sensing, Organ Systems (4, 5, 6)
Physics: Light and Sound (1)

Choose activities from the selection.

glockenspiel notes correlates the length of a key with a note being higher or lower, and also shows that sound is a vibration.

Model sound as a wave of vibrations using a slinky.
Also, students can touch their throat as they talk, to feel the vibrations of their vocal cords (larynx).

Make a duck caller from simple materials, and use it to see how sound is generated.

Make a string telephone, to explore how the vibrations can travel through string.

Calculate the speed of sound, using a large blank wall.

Walking to or from to the site of the lesson, the sounds in a box activity can be done along the way.

Bring a ukelele or other instrument to play a song together, reinforce that a longer string makes a lower note, and the students can play along with their duck callers or glockenspiel notes.


other activities that could be added: Doppler effect

Grades taught
Gr 1
Gr 4
Gr 5