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Lights & Sounds Unit
Mystery 1 of 6
How do they make silly sounds in cartoons?
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Lights & Sounds Unit Mystery 1 of 6
How do they make silly sounds in cartoons?
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Optional Extras

Below are ideas for extending this topic beyond the activity & exploration you just completed.
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Activity: More Fun with Sound Effects

Have your students try other sound effects that are favorites of sound effects artists.

  • For a chugging steam train, shake a box of macaroni and cheese in just the right rhythm.
  • For a crackling fire, crunch a package of ramen noodles or crumple a big piece of cellophane wrap.
  • For a gurgling stream, use a drinking straw to blow bubbles in a cup of water.
  • For a flying bird or bat, slap a pair of leather gloves together.
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Read-aloud books

These read-alouds are great — but maybe they’d be even better with sound effects. Consider inviting your students to add their sounds. (Be warned: This can get noisy!)

For more noisy books, check out Teaching with Kids Books.

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Exploration
door stopper by Landee See Landee Do
door stopper noise by Daniel Ord
bike horn by theanorak
foley artist by Vancouver Film School
child watching tv by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: Semmick Photo
hand drawn cartoon by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: shadow216
Image from Finding Dory by Pixar Post
Ellen Degeneres behind the scenes of Finding Dory by ScreenSlam
scene from Star Wars: A New Hope by 20th Century Fox
Animation Sound Design: Ben Burtt Creates the Sounds for Wall-E (Part 1 of 2) by Joe Ludwig
scene from The Old Mill by Walt Disney Pictures
girl thinking by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: espies
cartoon storm by Khurram Dp
Activity
rain storm by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: peresanz
boy peeking through hands by Image used under license from Shutterstock.com: iofoto
rainstorm sound by esh9419
rolling thunder sound by MoneySavingVideos
water dripping by Tankersley FX
wind blowing sound by copyrighy free sound effect
Overview
Grade 1st
Topic Properties Of Light & Sound
Focus Sounds, Vibrations
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Activity Prep

In this Mystery, students investigate vibrations as a source of sound effects for movies. In the activity, Be a Sound Effects Artist, students use their hands and feet to create a "rainstorm," and then use rulers to create a “boing” sound for a cartoon bouncy ball.

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Rulers
30 rulers
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Decide on a Thunder Master (optional)

During the rainstorm activity, you may want a way to make thunder. It’s fun to add the rumble and crash of thunder and is another visible demonstration of vibration creating sound. Watch this video to see how to use the optional items to make thunder.

If you decide to add thunder to your rainstorm, decide who will be the Thunder Master, the maker of thunder. We suggest you let this person experiment before class so that they can create a great thunder sound for your rainstorm.

Overview
Grade 1st
Topic Properties Of Light & Sound
Focus Sounds, Vibrations