“Through the Classroom Window” is an opportunity for teachers to share the inspiring learning that takes place in their classrooms, giving others a glimpse into the heartbeat of the school. Today, we hear from Grade 4 teachers Malka Regan and Aiden Orzech about the Grade 4 Sound Project in which students explore sound at the intersection of human anatomy, science, art, and poetry.
For the past two months, Grade 4 students have been learning about sound as part of the Generative Topic יש הרבה דרכים למדוד — “There are many ways to measure.”
First, they studied the anatomy of the human ear to understand how sound travels from the ear to the brain.
Then, they conducted a variety of experiments to explore and measure amplitude and frequency, finally building and labelling accurate plasticine models of the ear’s inner structures.
All of this learning culminated in the Grade 4 Sound Project in which students chose a sound source (for example, a horse, firetruck, and household), identifying three different sounds these sources make. Students described these sounds using academic terminology. They also drew and explained the dynamics of sound waves.
Finally, students used poetry to represent how a person might experience their chosen sounds, paying special attention to rhythm, rhyme, and onomatopoeia.
They proudly displayed their discoveries on poster boards, which they presented to their peers.