Light & Sound Incursion (Levels 1 & 2)

Theme: Science – Physical Sciences
Level: 1 & 2

Using a sensory approach, students will investigate the characteristics of light and sound. They will explore how light and sound are produced, transmitted and sensed, and will come to understand the roles sound and light play in our lives and society.

Activities

  • Discuss similarities and differences between light and sound.
  • Examine different materials, classify them as transparent, translucent or opaque, then test with a torch.
  • Model the movement of sound with a slinky and coins.
  • Investigate the sound produced when different materials are struck with a stick; water, air and solids of different thickness.
  • Discuss demonstrations of materials that reflect and absorb sound.
  • Use diffraction grating to see rainbows created by different light sources.
  • Explore colour using wax blocks and CDs.
  • Project an image onto a card using a magnifying glass.
  • Use tuning forks to investigate sound vibration.

Take home activity

Observe demonstration of a thaumatrope (equipment and instructions to make these later will be provided to teacher).

Victorian Curriculum: Content Descriptions

Science

  • People use science in their daily lives. (VCSSU041)
  • Respond to and pose questions, and make predictions about familiar objects and events. (VCSIS050)
  • Participate in guided investigations, including making observations using the senses, to explore and answer questions. (VCSIS051)
  • Use informal measurements in the collection and recording of observations. (VCSIS053)
  • Compare observations and predictions with those of others.(VCSIS054)
  • Represent and communicate observations and ideas about changes in objects and events in a variety of ways. (VCSIS055)

Personal & Social Capability

  • Listen to others’ ideas, and recognise that others may see things differently (VCPSCSO012)
  • Use basic skills required for participation in group tasks and respond to simple questions about their contribution to group tasks (VCPSCSO014)
  • Recognise that conflict occurs and distinguish between appropriate and inappropriate ways to deal with conflict (VCPSCSO015)

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Testimonials

“Chontel was very engaging and the hands on activities were perfect for the students. They were talking about it for the rest of the day.” Wedge Park Primary School 2019

“The students absolutely loved all the activities and were excited to explore light and sound for themselves. Resources supplied were perfect!” Gilson College, Mernda 2019

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