Sounds Are High, Sounds Are Low Grades K-2

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Sounds Are High, Sounds Are Low Grade K-2

STEM Concept:  Waves: Sound

Vibrating matter can make sounds and sound can make matter vibrate.

Pitch is how high or low sound is.  

This Storytime STEM-pack includes all the materials you need to engage kids in science activities that address the concept of sound, in particular how vibrating matter can make sound, and sound makes matter vibrate, as well as pitch, which tells us how high or low sound is.  The activity is launched by reading the popular children's book Sounds Are High, Sounds Are Low, followed by children exploring how to make high and low sounds with different size craft sticks and different thicknesses of rubber bands. Applying this experience, children work in groups of four to send coded messages to the fire truck, using a sequence of high and low sounds. This is followed by children observing how a tuning fork can make sound, and how it can make rice in a balloon jump. Children reinforce their learning by explaining what they learned about sound, using the Sound Concept Cards. Included in this set, you'll find:

  • Detailed instructions (i.e., lesson plan) for the learning activities
  • 6 of each large, medium, and small craft sticks
  • 6 plastic boxes with three rubber bands (thin, medium, wide)
  • 6 markers to use as a bridge for the rubber band boxes
  • 1  tuning fork, 1 balloon, small quantity of rice
  • 12 Communicating with the Firetruck Card (8.5x11)
  • 2 Sound Concept Cards (8.5x11)
  • Word wall cards to use in context
  • A copy of Sounds Are High, Sounds Are Low by Lawrence Lowery

The entire activity takes approximately 45 minutes to complete.  This STEM-pack is suitable for grades K-2.

Each of our Storytime STEM-packs is designed to be used as a stand-alone activity. However, if you implement multiple Storytime STEM-packs on the same STEM concept, the recommended sequence for our Sound Storytime STEM-packs is as follows:


Grades PreK-K

Grades 1-3


Little Blue Truck (PreK-K)

Drum City (PreK-2)


Drum City (PreK-2)

Sounds are High, Sounds are Low (K-2)


Sounds are High, Sounds are Low (K-2)

Giraffes Can’t Dance (PreK-2)


Giraffes Can’t Dance (PreK-2)

The Noisy Paint Box (1-4)