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What’s That Sound?

January 12, 2021 | Rebekah Lowe

Second graders have started a new unit on SOUND!  We have been having a fun time creating sounds with objects, like a popsicle stick, a rubber band, a plastic bottle, a straw, and even a comb!

Sound is all around us, even in the quietest moments.  Whenever we breathe, our own breathing can be heard.

In the beginning of the science unit, students talk about how sounds are different from each other as well as think about what factors create these differences in sounds.  We use different objects to create sound.

Then, they learned about what vibrations are and how they produce sound.  Vibrations are produced by some kind of energy or force to an object, like striking it with another object or blowing on it.

Second graders get to use a tuning fork (an instrument that gives a fixed tone when struck) to see how it vibrates.  The classes even get to put the tuning fork into water after being struck to watch water ripple. Sounds are created when things vibrate back and forth.

We will be discovering more about sound over the next few weeks!  Ask your child what they have been enjoying most about sound!

Rebekah Lowe

Teacher, Grade 2 Meadows Class

Rebekah Lowe knew that she wanted to be a teacher ever since middle school when she was inspired by an English teacher who developed interactive games and creative acronyms for many of the topics that were discussed. Because of her teachers, Ms. Lowe attended the education program at the College of New Jersey, where she experienced a variety of classroom environments, and earned a teaching degree. She was also a part of the Education Honor Society. After graduating, Ms. Lowe taught English in South Korea, and during this time, she was able to travel around Asia and experience new cuisines and cultures. Her love of travelling increased, and she hopes to travel more in the future! She began her teaching career in the United States at Mustard Seed School in 2018 as a second and third grade teacher in the Meadows class. She’s excited to be a part of the school community and share her many experiences with her students.

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