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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 learners, and includes items for discussion.
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 create instruments to demonstrate their understanding of how the science of vibrations is used to create sounds.
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.
Learners 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.  Learners utilize several household objects to create an instrument capable of playing three distinct tones while describing how it works.
Students experiment with sound using beverage bottles with different masses. In this physics lesson, 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 plan. 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.
Learners 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.
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 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 instructional activity. Printable resources and extension activities are included.
Students 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.
How is the magnitude of an earthquake measured? How is the intensity of an earthquake measured? What is amplitude in relation to an earthquake? In what country was the largest magnitude earthquake? There is a wealth of information about earthquakes and your learners will definitely want to use their calculators to figure out the answer to some of the questions. It might take more than one class period to cover all the material.
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.
Students explore how pitch changes when using instruments that are plucked, blown, and hit. For this sound and pitch lesson, 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.
Learners explore how the sounds made by everyday objects can be transformed into musical experiences, composing and performing musical pieces using non-traditional instruments.
Students explore habitat sounds. In this soundscapes lesson, students listen to jungle sounds, weather sounds, forest sounds, and ocean sounds. Students identify the attributes of the sounds they hear and connect movement and instruments to the sounds.
Students create music based on a picture given to them. In this music lesson plan, students get into groups and are given a picture. They then use their instruments to work as a team and come up with a musical piece based on the picture.
Learners study sound sources. In this sound and music study instructional activity, students use various objects to study sound. Learners pretend they are a toy-making machine using the objects and create sound. Students practice making sounds with their mouths and bodies. Learners use a pretend magic stick to make sounds at the teacher's direction.

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