Prior to the lesson, source and collect objects that could be used to simulate the sounds of rain, thunder and wind.
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Revise what sound is and how it travels. Encourage students to suggest how they can make different sounds. Allow demonstrations if it is safe and appropriate to do so.
Invite the students to make noises that sound like other things e.g. a cat’s meow, the wind, a car. Again, allow demonstrations if it is appropriate to do so.
Watch the Magic of Making Sound video on YouTube. Afterwards, discuss and revise how the Foley artists made the different sounds.
Introduce the statement to be investigated: Similar sounds can be made in different ways. Discuss how this statement could be tested to determine whether it is true. Refer back to the video and the tuning in activities.
Explain to the students that they will be testing the statement by recreating the sounds of a storm using objects from around the classroom, their voices and their bodies.
Divide the students into groups of four. Provide each group with a copy of the Storm’s a Comin’ Worksheet. Read through the task and answer any questions the students may have.
Monitor and support the students as they complete the task. Ensure that all group members are engaged and included in the creation of the soundscape. Encourage the groups to rehearse their presentation.
Once all groups have finished, gather the class together. Allow each group to perform their soundscape for the class.
Refer back to the statement being investigated: Similar sounds can be made in different ways. Discuss if the statement is true or false by choosing one of the storm sounds and listing the different ways it was made on the board.
Encourage more capable students to lead and support others during the group activity.
Encourage less confident students to participate in the group activity at a level at which they feel comfortable.
Suggested Assessment Strategies
used strategic whole class or individual questioning
observed student participation during learning activities