Clancy Wolf, Jeff Ryan
Elementary Education
Material Type:
Teaching/Learning Strategy
Lower Primary
  • Climate Science
  • ClimeTime
  • OESD114
  • sound
  • vibrations
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    Media Formats:
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    Education Standards

    Good Vibrations (K-2)

    Good Vibrations (K-2)


    This sequence of instruction was developed in the Growing Elementary Science Project to help elementary teachers who were working remotely.  We developed a short storyline that ties together a few sessions to help explore a specific concept.  We tried to include some activities that honored and included the student’s family and experience, and some that included the potential for ELA learning goals.

    Unlike other units in our series, this was not developed as a complete stand-alone unit. Our intent, in this case, was to provide a set of options for the teacher, as well as some materials for consideration of opportunities to integrate reading in science.

    It is part of ClimeTime - a collaboration among all nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) in Washington and many Community Partners to provide programs for science teacher training around Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and climate science, thanks to grant money made available to the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) by Governor Inslee. 


    ( pdf version)

    The unit of instruction is centered on answering the question:

    Why can our bodies feel music?

        - Growing Elementary Science Learning Storyline -
    Asking Questions & Defining Problems
    Introduce Phenomena or Problem
    Investigation – discussion questions- support student use of three-dimensions 
    Read/Model Ideas & Write
    Interactive read-aloud to introduce ideas -model ideas to organize thinking and support literacy connections
    Professional Development 

    Explore the Phenomena

    Video of Music
    Introduce the topic by having students listen to the song; Stereo Hearts by Gym Class Heroes

    Play the YouTube video of the song, don’t show video


    • close eyes
    • hands on computer
    • listen

    What do you notice when you listen to music? What do you feel? Why do you think that is?  

    Think and Write (partner talk):
    Why can our bodies feel the music? 


    Idea: Build guitars for home activity and then share during face-to-face with partners

    Model how homemade guitars produce sounds

    Notes: Pros and Cons of different instruments or drums or guitars

    Alternative Ideas: Sharing your homemade drum sets with partners.

    Segue to the book:

    Read: Pokko and the Drum (YouTube read-aloud)

    Dancing Rice activity to demonstrate sound making things move.
    (setting up Bluetooth speackers)

    Data Analysis

    Where have you felt sound before? (Or saw sound move something.)

    How is this relevant to your lives? List the times.

    Tuning Forks/chime
    Explore Tuning Forks or Chines through Investigation

    Scientists Make Models

    Make a Model of Tuning Fork: (Jamboard


    Read and discuss “Opportunities for Integration.
    Excerpt from: National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine 2021. Science and Engineering in Preschool Through Elementary Grades: The Brilliance of Children and the Strengths of Educators. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press.

    Home Investigation

    Create your own homemade drum set

    • Find at least three items around your house that can make up your drum set. You can choose more if you want.
    • Find a piece of music you like and learn the beat, or just learn a rhythm on your drum set
    • Try to keep the rhythm with your new homemade drum set to your song or just make up your own rhythm
          Storyline Launch → → →        Investigating → → → →            Sensemaking ⇢ → → →   


    Standards Alignment

    This document lists the Science AND ELA standards that are/can be addressed with these materials - at the Kindergarten, First Grade and Second Grade levels.