Lesson plan

Sound activities outdoors

Do a series of activities on sound, all outdoors, to learn about what sound is, and to calculate the speed of sound.
Science content
Biology: Sensing, Organ Systems (4, 5, 6)
Physics: Light and Sound (1)

Walk to the site of the lesson, doing the sounds in a box activity along the way.
Use a slinky or a space phone to show that sound is a vibration.
Make a string telephone, to explore how the vibrations can travel.
Calculate the speed of sound, using a large blank wall.


other activities that could be added: duck caller, Doppler effect

Grades taught
Gr 4
Gr 5
Teaching Site
ingridscience afterschool