Students will experiment with sound as they create and decorate a harp box.
By Mariella Pace [Mariella is a teacher from New Jersey.] Image: Mariella Pace
- Decorate a harp shape.
- Experiment with sound.
What You Need:
- Andrews, Jane (2004). Zoe and the magic harp. London, GB: Piccadilly Press.
- Harp or Harp CD to play in the background.
- Shoe box lids.
- Paper to cover the lids (old sheet music works great).
- Harp shapes (cut from paper).
- Art media for decorating (paint, crayons, markers, glitter, etc.)
- Shoe boxes.
- Elastic bands.
- Salt, colored rice.
What You Do:
- Students glue paper (sheet music) onto the shoe box lid.
- Students decorate their harp shape with crayons, markers, paint, etc.
- The students will glue the decorated harp shape onto the shoebox lid.
- The shoebox lid then goes onto the shoebox.
- Optional: the shoebox can be covered with sheet music as well.
- The students will then be told to put the rubber band or elastic band around the box.
- The students will be given the salt and/or colored rice and will be instructed to place some inside the box.
- Students will be encouraged to experiment by holding the box in different positions to see the different effects on the salt when plucking the elastic band.
- The students will experiment with the rubber band making different sounds.
- The students will pluck the elastic band and observe the way the salt or rice dances, responding to the vibrations.
About the Author:
Mariella Pace teach special needs children. She brings the harp in the classroom and uses it for sound and science lessons together with making a miniature harp in a box. If you like her artwork, you can see more of it on Zazzle here.
Lesson and image copyright (c) Mariella Pace.