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Students create instruments to demonstrate their understanding of how the science of vibrations is used to create sounds.
What is the connection between sound and vibration? Learners find out as they conduct a series of experiments with instruments they create. The experiment is well explained, includes modifications for visuall and hearing impaired students, and includes items for discussion.
Students create unique sounds using different instruments.  In this energy lesson, students read and define several vocabulary terms such as heat, energy transfer and thermal equilibrium.  Students utilize several household objects to create an instrument capable of playing three distinct tones while describing how it works.
Fourth graders create sound vibrations using different objects. In this sound vibrations lesson plan, 4th graders go to centers with different sounds at them, and then use objects to create their own sounds. Students discuss their findings.
Students experiment with sound using beverage bottles with different masses. In this physics instructional activity, students explain how sound is created. They discuss how frequency varies with the instrument's mass.
Musical instruments and the sounds they make are the focus of this lesson. First, your young musicians brainstorm a list of instruments on the board. Then, they attempt to describe the sound, or "pitch" each one makes and to tell how the instrument makes that sound. Next, they are given picture cards of instruments, and they listen to a video on the computer that duplicates the sound it makes. Finally, have them split into two groups; high and low pitch.
Students examine musical instruments as main part of the study of sound energy. In this designing instruments lesson plan, students focus on the elements of an instrument that cause sound to be created and design a unique musical instrument incorporating elements from the lesson plan. Printable resources and extension activities are included.
Young scholars apply the principles and concepts associated with energy and the transfer of energy in an engineering context through the designing and making of a musical instrument. After the accomplishment of the design, students must explain the energy transfer mechanism in sufficient detail and describe how they could make their instruments better. Each student gives a performance on their instrument for the class.
Second graders research how sound is made by a variety of instruments. They examine how to determine high and low pitches. Students observe how "sound makers" include the human vocal cords.
Students identify the components of sound. They describe the relationship between pitch and frequency and explain the terms sympathetic vibrations and resonance. They perform simple experiments about the world of sound and explain the process of hearing.
Students explore how pitch changes when using instruments that are plucked, blown, and hit. In this sound and pitch lesson plan, students blow across the top of bottles that are filled with water to create sound. Students use recorders submerged in water to create a higher and lower pitch. They create a pipe out of pvc piping, and a glass xylophone using glass containers.
Eighth graders are introduced to sound by integrating both music and art in the science classroom. Students discover how sound waves travel, compare and contrast musical instruments and the sounds they create, and make and perform a sound machine representing a Fairy Tale.
Using graphics, and an easy-to-understand format, this resource outlines the different kinds of instruments and their characteristics. This presentation could be used as an introduction to instruments for students getting ready to practice in an orchestra, or as an in-class exploration. Great to use before a concert or musical field trip!  
Students study sound sources. In this sound and music study lesson, students use various objects to study sound. Students pretend they are a toy-making machine using the objects and create sound. Students practice making sounds with their mouths and bodies. Students use a pretend magic stick to make sounds at the teacher's direction.
For this music history worksheet, students learn about the musical style and instrumentation in the years between 500-1450. Students read several informative paragraphs and answer 7 questions.
Students study sound and how it can be created with air vibrations.  In this sound lesson students experiment with different instruments to create different sounds and music.
Sixth graders create musical instruments to demonstrate how sound can be made in a variety of ways. They brainstorm instruments they could build from materials around their homes. Groups create their own band and perform for the class.
Students investigate the science of sound. In this music lesson, students create sound and vibration by constructing a "music sandwich." Students use craft sticks, an elastic band, and a drinking straw to create the musical instrument.
Eighth graders create a survey, gather data and describe the data using measures of central tendency (mean, median and mode) and spread (range, quartiles, and interquartile range). Students use these measures to interpret, compare and draw conclusions about what the data show. Conclusions and convincing arguments to support those conclusions are incorporated into class discussion and a formal presentation.
Students explore the work of Paul Dresher. In this musical arts lesson, students watch a video segment about musician Paul Dresher and study the acoustic and electronic instruments and music he has invented during his career.

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