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How are Sounds Made?

In this worksheet, students will learn that sounds are made when something moves - vibrates - and apply this understanding to answering questions about what moves when musical instruments are played.

'How are Sounds Made?' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:  Sound

Curriculum subtopic:  Sounds and Vibrations

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

When sounds are made, something moves.

 

When we blow into a recorder, the air moves.

 

Recorder

 

When we hit a drum, the skin moves.

 

Drum

 

When we pluck the strings of the guitar, the strings move.

Guitar

 

When sounds are made, something moves!  Let's find out more.

Finish this sentence:

 

To make a sound, something has to...

shout

move

bang

Trumpet

 

What moves when we blow into a trumpet?

the string

the air

the skin

Whistle

 

When we blow into a whistle, what moves?

the air

the skin

the string

Violin

 

When we pluck a violin, what moves?

the wood

the strings

the music

Maracas

 

When we shake these maracas what moves inside to make the sound?

the beads

our hands

Drum

 

What has to move to make a sound from this drum?

the skin

the metal bit

Tuba

 

This is a tuba.

This instrument makes a sound when we blow into it. What moves inside the tuba to make the sound?

our fingers

the air

Guitar

 

What has to move on the guitar to make a sound?

the wood

the strings

Make an 'aahhh' sound!

What part of your body is moving when you make that sound?

leg

arm

neck

  • Question 1

Finish this sentence:

 

To make a sound, something has to...

CORRECT ANSWER
move
EDDIE SAYS
Sound is made when something moves (or vibrates).
  • Question 2

Trumpet

 

What moves when we blow into a trumpet?

CORRECT ANSWER
the air
EDDIE SAYS
When we play a trumpet we blow into one end, and the air from our mouths moves through the trumpet to make the sound.
  • Question 3

Whistle

 

When we blow into a whistle, what moves?

CORRECT ANSWER
the air
EDDIE SAYS
When we blow into a whistle, the air from our mouths moves through the whistle to make the sound.
  • Question 4

Violin

 

When we pluck a violin, what moves?

CORRECT ANSWER
the strings
EDDIE SAYS
When we pluck a violin the strings of the violin vibrate, which makes a sound.
  • Question 5

Maracas

 

When we shake these maracas what moves inside to make the sound?

CORRECT ANSWER
the beads
EDDIE SAYS
The beads inside the maracas move as we shake them, which makes the rattling sound.
  • Question 6

Drum

 

What has to move to make a sound from this drum?

CORRECT ANSWER
the skin
EDDIE SAYS
The skin of the drum moves (vibrates) when we hit it.
  • Question 7

Tuba

 

This is a tuba.

This instrument makes a sound when we blow into it. What moves inside the tuba to make the sound?

CORRECT ANSWER
the air
EDDIE SAYS
The sound can be changed by our fingers, but we have to move the air to make a sound.
  • Question 8

Guitar

 

What has to move on the guitar to make a sound?

CORRECT ANSWER
the strings
EDDIE SAYS
When we play this guitar we are moving the strings to make the sound. It's the strings that are vibrating.
  • Question 9

Make an 'aahhh' sound!

What part of your body is moving when you make that sound?

CORRECT ANSWER
neck
EDDIE SAYS
Sounds are made in your neck, or throat. Inside there are muscles called VOCAL CHORDS and these vibrate to make sounds we call speech or singing. We change these noises using our mouth and tongue.
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