Makey Makey and Grade 1 students – Lesson Plan – investigating the properties of matter and electricity.

This activity can be completed with students in partners or as a center-based activity.

Initial set-up

    1. Teacher needs one computer (for centre)
    2. One Makey Makey Unit plugged in
    3. Scratch piano on the screen (http://makeymakey.com/piano/)
    4. Make the Scratch piano show up as an icon on your desk-top so students can get back to it if the windows closes.
    5. Set up Makey Makey with a conducting material that will complete the circuit and play a note
    6. Let student play the note
    7. Give student the ‘placemat’ to complete
    8. The placement requires students to pick four items from around the room, write down the name of the item and record whether or not it will allow for the circuit to complete and the noise to be made.

Curriculum Connections

Curriculum Expectations
Science       How it is met
2.4 use technological problem-solving skills (see page 16), and knowledge acquired from previous investigations, to design, build, and test a structure for a specific purpose (e.g., a tent, a model of a swing set or other playground equipment, a bird feeder, a wigwam for people who need to move throughout the year) Students will be predicting which items will conduct electricity (make the piano work) and allow for music to be played. They have to problem-solve which items they think will work.
2.3 investigate, through experimentation, the properties of various materials (e.g., the best materials for absorbing or repelling water, for flexibility, for strength: the flexibility of plastic makes plastic wrap useful for covering food in order to keep it fresh; the impermeability of rubber enables rubber boots to keep feet dry) A trial and error investigation will occur to see which items allow for electricity to flow.
2.1 follow established safety procedures during science and technology investigations (e.g., wear safety goggles when using saws and hammers) Students will review proper mechanisms for working with electricity and the computer.
Language
3.1 spell some high-frequency words correctly (e.g., words from their oral vocabulary, the class word wall, and shared-, guided-, and independent-reading texts) Students will be trying a variety of items to see if the piano makes noise or not. They will have to write ‘oui’ or ‘non’ repeatedly when making their predictions.
1.4 sort ideas and information for their writing in a variety of ways, with support and direction (e.g., by using pictures, labels, key words, hand-drawn or computer graphics, or simple graphic organizers such as a web, a list, or a five-W’s framework: who, what, when, where, why) Students will be classifying items into conductors (‘oui’) and non-conductors (‘non’)

 

 

Will the Piano Play?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dessiner une image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

écrire le mot

 

Oui ou non?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dessiner une image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

écrire le mot

 

Oui ou non?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

dessiner une image

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

écrire le mot

 

Oui ou non?

 

If you want a copy of the lesson plan to download, click below:

 Grade 1 – French Immersion – Language and Science

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