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Sound, vibrations, resonance, and frequency are explored as learners use music to foster scientific inquiry. They engage in three different sound experiments and follow up discussions to foster a better understanding of how musical instruments work in relation to the scientific concepts of vibration and sound frequency. Each activity is fully explained and worksheets are included.
Students participate in growing plants to make musical instruments. In this cross curricular music/science/social studies lesson, students learn about the gourd and how cultures around the world used it to make an instrument. Students plant and create gourd instruments.
Here is a complete workbook which leads children as they work through the art of making a musical instrument. The instrument made must be a percussion instrument. The workbook is incredibly thorough and does a good job of leading pupils through the steps of brainstorming, designing, acquiring materials, and actual construction of the instrument. Very good.
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.
Students study concepts of energy and energy transfer. They look at how these concepts apply to musical instruments. They study the law of conservation of energy. They use the concepts studied in the lesson to design a musical instrument.
Students create various musical instruments out of everyday and recycled items.
Mix it up and engage learners in a instructional activity on music and physical science. Using cups, strings, guitars, and voice, the class will experiment with sound vibration and frequency. They'll use each instrument and fill out a worksheet that will help them answer questions related to the way sound travels and is heard. A really neat instructional activity.
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.
For this English worksheet, students read "iPhones are Now Musical Instruments," and then respond to 1 essay, 47 fill in the blank, 7 short answer, 20 matching, and 10 true or false questions about the selection.
Sound engineers investigate the structural design of a musical instrument, the recorder. They work in collaborative groups to choose an instrument to build out of everyday craft materials. It must be able to repeat a three-note sequence at least three times. Though the publisher designated this lesson as appropriate through high school, it may be best used with your elementary engineers or during a unit on sound waves when learning about pitch.
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.
For this musical instruments worksheet, students locate and circle or highlight twelve words associated with musical instruments in a word search puzzle.
Students demonstrate knowledge of musical instruments and the families of the orchestra. They acknowledge different voice types found in opera. Students interpret emotional expressions through listening. They compose sounds to express emotions.
Students discover about the form and function of traditional musical instruments, then use this knowledge to create non-traditional instruments that replicate the sounds of traditional instruments. They use vegetables to create their instruments!
Students view different musical instruments from around Latino world, predict what sounds instruments will make based on their appearance, listen to and evaluate music from different Latino genres orally or in writing, and make connections between music and culture.
Fifth graders examine musical instruments used by the indigenous people of the rainforest, and analyze how music is used in their daily lives. They create a model, using natural materials, of a musical instrument used by indigenous people of the rainforest.
Students become familiar with the young composer through his life's story and his music. They get to make some music of their own by using musical instruments that exist both online and all around them.
Young scholars construct simple musical instruments. In this music lesson, students read the text Max Found Two Sticks and construct their own instruments from classroom materials.
Students compose songs about recycling. In this ecology instructional activity, students use vocabulary and concepts related to recycling to generate lyrics for an original song. Students construct musical instruments out of discarded materials.