Children's books relevant to teaching acoustics

Our favourite 3: Acoustics

Are the children in your service exploring acoustics? These three picks may spark some further research into the world of sound.

Child using STEM starter cards

Exploring sounds with STEM starter cards

Using the STEM starter cards with the children in her service, STEM leader Lynne Graham discovered that the children were immediately drawn to the noises they imagined in relation to the pictures.

Ten little pirates - book cover

Ten little pirates

Beyond the obviously STEM-relevant counting backwards, there is a wealth of discussion points in this story, from weather to sea animals.

Sun just rising over the horizon as viewed from space

In space, no one can hear you scream

For sound to travel from one place to another, it needs something to move through. On Earth, air allows sound waves to move from one point to another. Sound can also move through water and the coat hanger is also useful for investigating how whales and dolphins communicate over such long distances. Sound waves travel through vibrations…

Dolphin jumping through a wave

Hearing without ears: Dolphins

Do dolphins and whales have ears? How do earthworms hear? Why are ears shaped the way they are? Would dolphins and whales create more drag if they had external ears? Does long hair make a difference when moving through water? This STEM activity examines these questions and much more.

Children with eyes closed listening for sounds

Silence is golden

Sit down comfortably with the children and ask everyone to close their eyes. What can they hear? You will be surprised how many sounds the children notice when everybody is quiet.

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