How Instruments Create Sound Teacher Resources
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Let's Make Noise
Musical instruments and the sounds they make are the focus of this activity. 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.
2nd Visual & Performing Arts
Musical Instrument Families
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.
3rd - 5th Visual & Performing Arts
Musical Instruments Part I - Woodwinds
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.
6th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
Energetic Musical Instruments
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.
5th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
Energy Transfer in Musical Instruments
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.
5th - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
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.
1st - 6th Visual & Performing Arts
The Science of Sound and Musical Instruments
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.
7th - 12th Visual & Performing Arts
The Music of Other Cultures
Make your class musically and culturally literate. They'll listen to and discuss three types of music styles indicative of three different cultures. They'll identify characteristics and instruments used in western, traditional, and indigenous music.
7th Visual & Performing Arts
How Do We Measure Earthquakes?
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.
7th - 12th Math
Hand in Hand- Art and Physical Science
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.
8th Visual & Performing Arts
Students study sound sources. In this sound and music study lesson plan, 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.
1st - 2nd Visual & Performing Arts
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.
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.
1st - 3rd English Language Arts