Project 4: Sound Connections

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Project Overview
Curriculum Connections
Resource Connections

  General Information

Lead Teachers: Gilda Parsons - Learning Resource Teacher

Sharon Collett - Grade 3 Classroom Teacher

Lisa Browne - Grade 3 Classroom Teacher

School: Vanier Elementary
75 Ennis Avenue
St. John's, NF
A1A 1Y7
Grade Level: Grade 3
Number of Students: 50-55
Project Start and Finish Dates: April 1997 to June 1997

  Project Overview

The study of sound is a major focus of the Grade 3 Science Program. In this project, students will explore different kinds of sounds with particular emphasis on the sounds made by musical instruments. Traditional Newfoundland instruments and the inst ruments of other cultures will be included in the study. Students will use a variety of print, non-print and human resources to find information about musical instruments and their sounds. Local musicians and students who play musical instruments will b e used as resources. Information about musical instruments and the sounds they make will be posted on the school's home page. It is also our objective to establish links with schools in other parts of the world for the purpose of exploring their traditi onal musical instruments and the sounds they make.

  Curriculum Connections

The general goals and subject specific learning outcomes for this project are taken from the Grade 3 Science Program. Process skills are found throughout the Grade 3 Curriculum and have been identified in our school-based Learning Skills Continuum. T echnology learning outcomes were selected from the Key Stage Outcomes (Communication Domain - Primary Level) identified by the Department of Education.

General Goals
Students will:

  • understand that things which make sound are vibrating
  • observe characteristics of sound such as pitch and loudness

Subject Specific Learning Outcomes
Students will:

  • classify a variety of sounds according to different criteria
  • distinguish between pitch and volume
  • determine factors which affect the pitch of a sound
  • compare the pitch and volume of a variety of different sounds
  • experiment with variables that affect the transmission of sound
  • discover that sound can be used to communicate
  • distinguish and compare the different sounds made by musical instruments or classes of instruments
  • design a musical instrument which will produce a variety of sounds.

Process Skills
Students will:

  • access information from a variety of sources
  • evaluate, interpret, organize and present the information they find
  • draw conclusions
  • make comparisons
  • work co-operatively to organize information for presentation
  • classify information according to specific criteria
  • develop note taking techniques.

Technology Learning Outcomes (Communication Domain - Primary Level)
Students will:

  • identify ways in which information and communication tools are used
  • identify advantages and disadvantages of selected communication tools
  • develop a vocabulary and language related to selected communication technologies
  • use communication tools to build new knowledge from existing information
  • use communication tools to access, evaluate and select appropriate information and to create, modify and disseminate information.

  Resource Connections

The Stellar Schools Internet connection will enable students to share and exchange information with students at other sites. Our school-wide LAN (Windows NT Server) will allow students to access the Internet from any of the more than 30 workstations throughout the school.

Students will use a variety of print, non-print and human resources to complete this project. They will use books to read about different kinds of musical instruments and their origins. Internet resources, multi-media resources on CD-ROM, recordings in other formats and musicians who can demonstrate the sounds made by particular instruments will all play an important role in this project.


The learning outcomes previously listed will provide the basis for evaluation. Teacher observation, check lists of skills, anecdotal records and work samples will be used to evaluate students' progress. The musical instruments that students design will be a valuable indicator of their understanding of the concepts explored throughout this project.

The ability to communicate with students and teachers at distant sites will help students gain an appreciation for the diversity of musical traditions.

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