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Scholastic

Study Jams! Sound

For Students 4th - 8th Standards
Listen in as Mia and Sam expound on sound. It is caused by vibrations and travels in waves. It has the qualities of pitch, frequency, and volume. This hip animation displays a graph to depict the frequency and amplitude of sound waves....
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Curated OER

Hooke's Law, Vibrations, Mechanical Waves, and Sound

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Dangle a spring to experiment with vibration and discover if period is dependent on amplitude. Strum a guitar and adjust the strings to compare displacement and sound. Use a Slinky® and guitar strings on a ring stand to uncover the...
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Curated OER

Measures of Circular Motion

For Teachers 9th - Higher Ed
Physicists become Olympians in a competition using centripetal force. They ride a bicycle to comprehend relationships between linear and rotational motion. If you have an old-fashioned record player, it can be used to help pupils...
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Acoustical Society of America

Good Vibrations

For Teachers Pre-K - 12th Standards
Visualize vibrations within the classroom. Pupils see the connection between sound and waves. The learners use a tuning fork in two different ways to demonstrate the waves associated with sound. Scholars see how the sound waves from a...
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Acoustical Society of America

Tuning Fork Discovery

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
No need for a knife when a fork will do! Groups of pupils first read about the science of sound, and then experiment with tuning forks. Teams gather information about the pitch and length of their forks and compare them to the pitch and...
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Acoustical Society of America

Musical Instruments: Part II

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
String together how instruments produce sound. Using pieces of string, learners find ways to create sound. They investigate changes to the string and the effect of adding a cup. Finally, pupils experiment by changing the way to create...
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Purdue University

Rock Steady: Designing a Sensor

For Teachers 6th Standards
Bridge young mathematicians' knowledge of engineering and design. Pupils use two desks and a plastic sheet to simulate a bridge. After learning about energy transformations, they use available materials to design a sensor that detects...
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Purdue University

Design of Music Instruments for a Rock Band

For Teachers 3rd Standards
Can you create a rock band? Scholars learn about the creation and transmission of sound in a hands-on STEM activity. First, they explore the transmission of sound using a tuning fork. Then, they must solve the problem of missing...
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Magic of Physics

Loads Lab

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
Take a load off! Introduce junior engineers to the effects of load on structural design with an easy-to-use interactive. Individuals apply one of many load options, examine its effects, then learn about the safeguards employed during...
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Physics Classroom

Name That Harmonic: Open-End air Columns

For Students 9th - 12th Standards
Ever wonder what really goes on inside a clarinet? Show your young scientists the physics of open-end air columns through an easy-to-use interactive. Learners examine the features of standing waves and calculate frequency and length in a...
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Dr. Seuss Enterprises

Read Across America

For Teachers K - 6th Standards
Celebrate the whimsical world of Dr. Seuss on Read Across America Day with a collection of science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics activities, each linked to a popular Dr. Seuss story. 
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Explore Sound

Sound and Music

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
What causes sound? Groups of sound detectives use a variety of tools including ping pong balls, pasta noodles, raisins, rubber mallets, and a tuning fork to investigate what causes sound. The young Sherlocks conduct a series of...
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Exploratorium

Straw Oboe

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Trim the end of a straw to construct a vibrating wind instrument. Everyone in your class can make their own during a lesson on sound waves.
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Curated OER

Strum Along

For Teachers 5th - 7th
Students engage in a lesson which takes something constructed by the class, that would be normally classified as just sound, then work together to make what can be perceived to be music. Students construct a basic stringed instrument...
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Curated OER

Sounds like Science

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders create sound effects to produce a radio drama. In this sound lesson, 2nd graders read a book and provide the sound effects to transform it into a radio drama. They discuss sound and the shape of sound waves based on their...
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Curated OER

Sound and Frequency

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Pupils pose their hypothesis, they ready their instruments, then record their observations. This is the science of sound lesson. They move through 5 stations, each focused on a different element of aspect of sound. Check this lesson out,...
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Curated OER

What is Sound?

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders discuss sound and describe them.  In this investigative lesson students observe sound through their eyes, bodies and ears.
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Curated OER

Bronx Cheer Bulb

For Teachers 9th - 12th
If you chew or make a "raspberry" while viewing an LED light source, the light will appear to wiggle or flicker. It is not because of the light itself, but because of the vibration of your skull! Have your physics class give this a try...
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Curated OER

Phases of Matter

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners are introduced to the basic states of matter: solids, liquids and gases. Through experimentation, students determine that liquids and solids have definite volume, that gases do not have definite volume, and that solids have a...
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Curated OER

Design an Instrument

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students design an instrument. In this sound, vibration and pitch lesson, students learn about the characteristics of sound, vibration and pitch.  Students design a guitar using the assembled craft materials and demonstrate how they...
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Curated OER

Sounds

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Learners explore the concept of sound. In this sound lesson, students explore different sounds and the objects that create them. Learners will discover, through several hands-on activities, what vibration, pitch, and amplitude is. 
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Curated OER

Sound: What is Sound and how does it travel?

For Teachers 1st - 3rd
Students learn that vibration makes different types of sounds. In this sound lesson, students perform experiments to understand vibrations and high and low pitch sounds. Students learn that sound travels differently through different...
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Curated OER

Making Sounds

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students perform three experiments to gain understanding of how pitch changes. In this sound lesson, students create a variety of sounds with different pitches. Students will record their data as the observe the differences in the sounds...
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Curated OER

What is Sound?

For Teachers 7th - 10th
In this sound worksheet, students complete 4 investigations to explore sound. These include the use of a rubber band, a blown up balloon, a piece of notebook paper and a tuning fork with a foam ball, string and pushpin. Students answer...