Sounds in Strings

How many of your pupils play an instrument? A musical science lesson will help all of them understand how string instruments work. Young scientists construct a string-and-pulley system to test frequency and pitch. The lesson ends with a reading and homework assignment. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Bring in a guitar or show learners the inside of a piano if one is available
Classroom Considerations

  • Be sure the string used can hold 2 kg
  • As the experiment continues, watch for fraying on the string
  • The second in a set of eight lessons

  • Includes and highlights vocabulary throughout the lesson
  • Introduces the final project
  • Materials are easy to obtain

  • Does not include an answer key
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