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Standard 6
Students will understand properties and behavior of heat, light, and sound.
Objective 3
Describe the production of sound in terms of vibration of objects that create vibrations in other materials.
  • Making Waves, Making Music, Making Noise
    Students will construct "talking cans" and instruments to understand how vibration of objects produces various sounds.
  • Seeing Sound
    Students will understand important concepts of sound during this lesson, such as frequency and amplitude. Using recording programs such as GarageBand (free and standard on Macintosh computers) or Audacity (free download on the web), students can actually visualize amplitude and frequency of their own sounds, either by using their voice or some sort of sound they have experimented with in class to form their own test.
  • Sizing up Sound – STRAW’N & STRING’N
    Students will learn about sound waves and frequency. Also they will learn to tell the differences between high and low pitches.
  • Sound Waves
    Water waves, as observed in a bowl of water on the overhead projector, act as a model for sound waves.
  • Sounds Good to Me!
    The students will be able to explore and identify how the size and shape of a vibrating object relates to the pitch of an object, then make a musical instrument and report on how it produces sounds.
  • TRB 6:6 - Activity 5 - Sound Waves
    This lesson plan will demonstrate how sound is made from vibration and moves in all directions from the source in waves.
  • TRB 6:6 - Activity 6 - Sound Vibrations
    This lesson has students conduct demonstrations that allows them to "see" sound waves.
  • TRB 6:6 - Activity 7 - Battle of the Bands
    Students will create musical instruments to demonstrate how sound can be made in a variety of ways.
  • Vibrations
    Students experiment with various materials to identify the relationship between size of the source, vibration speed, and pitch.
  • When It Comes to Sound, I'm All Ears!
    This lesson will help the students discover how sound is produced and how sound travels. Through inquiry, problem solving and hands-on activities students will explore high and low sounds and the mediums in which sound travels best.
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