Students refined their designs, using and testing their understanding of sound properties. Then we moved into the music classroom to get our hands on some drums.
Student #1Click 'play' to see two students describing their amazing invented instruments. [caption id="attachment_1460" align="alignnone" width="225" caption="Designing an instrument after a baby sister"][/caption]
Student #2The students then had a chance to present their invented instruments to a class of 3rd graders, explaining the character their instrument was based on, the sound qualities of its voice, and the design decisions they made to produce that voice. [caption id="attachment_1457" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Students presenting their invented instruments"][/caption] Mrs. Bohman: "This totally ties in literacy, evidence, science, communication and art!"
Student #3In music class, the students explored the frame drums without any instruction- discovering on their own what sounds they could produce, and naming them with their own vocables. Some favorites: the "slammer-G", the "flip-flop", and the "crawler." [caption id="attachment_1463" align="alignnone" width="300" caption="Discovering sounds on the frame drum and naming them"][/caption]