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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 students, and includes items for discussion.
Students create unique sounds using different instruments. In this energy lesson plan, 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.
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 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.
Students discover sound waves through an experiment. In this sense of hearing lesson, students experiment at different sound stations by creating sounds from everyday water bottles and determining why they sound different. Students discuss with their classmates what adding or subtracting water to a bottle can do to the sound waves.
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 how pitch changes when using instruments that are plucked, blown, and hit. In 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.
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 learners 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.
Students experience a virtual quarry. In this science musical lesson plan, students understand how materials are quarried and manufactured from rocks, musically interpret a quarrying sequence with untuned musical instruments, and develop musical composing, appraising and performance skills.