Teaching Physical Science with Children’s Literature: Sound: Loud, Soft, High, and Low

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Sound: Loud, Soft, High, and Low, written by Natalie M. Rosinksy and illustrated by Matthew John, is a colorful book about all of the different ways that sound is made.  Written especially for young learners, the author gives elementary definitions of how different sounds are made and why they sound the way they do.  She gives examples of loud and soft sounds, such as the whack of a baseball against a wooden bat or the soft pitter patter of raindrops against a window.  Wonderful examples of echo, high and low sounds, and sound waves are given so that young children may understand this topic.  Science experiments pertaining to sound are listed in the back of the book.
Curriculum Connections

Sound:  Loud, Soft, High, and Low corresponds to Virginia SOL 1.2 B – Objects may vibrate and produce sound.  This book could be used when giving an interactive lesson on sound.  Musical instruments could be used to give examples of high and low sounds by plucking guitar strings, striking a triangle or using small drums.  The book could be read and then different sounds could be played to have the children understand the concepts in the book.

Additional Resources

  •  Sound and light activity - Teacher submissions on what activities they use during their sound units.  Also gives wonderful examples of activities for a light unit.
  • Sound and vibration lesson – A great lesson with multiple sound activities.  Uses tuning forks and music to illustrated how sounds are made.  Also a bit of a history lesson on Ben Franklin.

Book:  Sound:  Loud, Soft, High and Low
Author:  Natalie M. Rosinsky
Illustrator:  Matthew John
Publisher:  Picture Window Books
Publication Date: 2003
Pages: 24
Grade Range: K-2
ISBN:  978-1-4048-0335-0