Two lab experiments exploring sound vibrations as well as forced vibrations. Designed for students and optimized for teachers, these labs will engage and fascinate students. Scaffolded writing prompts allow students of different abilities to engage with the same content. How can you see sound? How do forced vibrations work and where can you find them? Watch your students become scientists as they dig into these questions.
NOTE: This is part of a bundle, Investigating Pitch, Frequency, & Wavelength—Sound & Waves Study—Writing Prompts, that can be purchased by clicking here.
By starting with the scientific phenomena, you'll be intrigued and excited to dig deeper into the why’s and how’s of each scientific concept. Beautifully illustrated and well laid out, these lab activities are easy to use from the very first page. Experiments are clearly organized and written to the student so they do not need to be pre-digested by a teacher before beginning. Helpful tips throughout the experiments and the Teacher Notes leave the reader in no doubt about how to perform or understand an experiment.
Both the teacher and the student are addressed so no additional books are needed. Engaging Science Labs are engaging activities that are useful for classroom or homeschool environments.
Virginia VA SOL
• PS.1 The student will demonstrate an understanding of scientific reasoning, logic, and the nature of science by planning and conducting investigations in which
m) models and simulations are constructed and used to illustrate and explain phenomena;
• PS.6 The student will investigate and understand forms of energy and how energy is transferred and transformed. Key concepts include
b) mechanical, … energy.
• PS.8 The student will investigate and understand the characteristics of sound waves. Key concepts include
c) the nature of compression waves;
UK National Curriculum Key Stage 3
Phy: Waves: Energy and Waves
• pressure waves transferring energy.
Phy: Waves: Sound Waves
• … reflection and absorption of sound
Phy: Waves: Sound Waves
• sound produced by vibrations of objects, in loud speakers, detected by their effects on … the ear drum; sound waves are longitudinal
• An object must be vibrating to make sound
• Forced vibrations
plastic Slinkies; rope; ribbon; guitar; tuning forks; rice grains; bowls; plastic wrap; paint sticks, metal hanger, buttons, thread
Click here to see companion curricular pieces:
Sound and Waves Curricular Collection
Extensive teacher notes address the many questions that come up. You shouldn’t have to do outside research on this topic unless you want to.
The two lab activities will each take about 20–30 minutes.
• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting
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