Light & Sound Task Cards

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K - 2nd, Homeschool
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In this download you will find 20 task cards that can be used during your study of light and sound. These task cards work well with the Next Generation Science standards, and also with the Project Lead the Way (PLTW) 1st grade module, "Light and Sound."


- Print out the Task Cards on cardstock and laminate (for future use).

- Provide students with the materials needed for each task card (many of which can be found in the PLTW "Light and Sound" module).

- Allow students time to explore light and sound through the use of the task cards. This could be done in small groups, with parent volunteers, or independently.

MATERIALS NEEDED (not included with purchase):

- Stethoscope

- Rubber bands and box

- Tuning fork

- Plastic cups and string

- Water bottle (metal or plastic)

- Instruments (maracas, tambourine, xylophone)

- Flashlights (about 10)

- Mirror (handheld)

- Slinky (metal)

- Transparent plastic tiles (red, blue, green, yellow)

- Wax Paper

- Diffraction Grating


The purpose of the task cards is to provide students with time to explore and experiment with light and sound on their own. That being said, you know your students better than anyone else, so scaffold this activity as much as you think necessary. Remind students how to handle the items, especially the flashlights. Students should not shine flashlights in their own eyes or the eyes of their classmates.

Placing parent volunteers at specific activities or grouping the cards together for small group use are both excellent ways to use the cards.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use tools and materials to design and build a device that uses light or sound to solve the problem of communicating over a distance. Examples of devices could include a light source to send signals, paper cup and string "telephones," and a pattern of drum beats. Assessment does not include technological details for how communication devices work.
Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects can be seen only when illuminated. Examples of observations could include those made in a completely dark room, a pinhole box, and a video of a cave explorer with a flashlight. Illumination could be from an external light source or by an object giving off its own light.
Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light. Examples of materials could include those that are transparent (such as clear plastic), translucent (such as wax paper), opaque (such as cardboard), and reflective (such as a mirror). Assessment does not include the speed of light.
Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate. Examples of vibrating materials that make sound could include tuning forks and plucking a stretched string. Examples of how sound can make matter vibrate could include holding a piece of paper near a speaker making sound and holding an object near a vibrating tuning fork.


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