Chicken in a Cup is a fun, hands on activity that gives students the chance to build a model using basic materials, use science to explain how the model works, and write an investigative question that could be tested.
Sound is produced when an object vibrates. The object can be your vocal chords, the strings inside a piano, or in this activity the string of the chicken in a cup.
Students will be provided with materials to build their own model. Teacher will walk the class through the construction process using the slides provided- instructions and a picture for each step. Students will test out their models, make observations, identify the type of energy produced, use physics to explain what is happening, write an investigative question that could be used as an experiment and identify variables. (size of cup, length of string, thickness of string and how it affects sound/pitch produced.)
*If time permits, you can have students take their investigative questions and create and carry out a lab experiment. This file does NOT include the resources needed for this extension of the activity.
The attached file includes:
12 slides pdf:
-Slides 1-3 are teacher notes with list of materials, preparation, process, and answer key
-Slides 4-12 are to be used with the class and include the steps for building chicken in a cup and a slide to be used for the analysis of the activity