Science of Sound Unit

Aileen Miracle
Grade Levels
K - 5th
Formats Included
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Aileen Miracle


Are you a classroom teacher looking for ways to teach about the science of sound, or a music teacher hoping to integrate and collaborate? Are you looking to incorporate STEM or STEAM into your classroom? I created this comprehensive set with my friend and colleague Matthew Parker. The set includes nine lessons about the science of sound, a summative assessment, a suggested sequence and list of standards (including an editable document) , "I can" statements, and directions. Most of the lessons can be taught to Kindergarten-fifth grade, so simply choose the lessons, print, and teach! The lessons include:

Sounds around us (recommended for K-1): Includes lesson and “listening walk” worksheet

Sound exploration (recommended for K-2): Includes lesson, cards for centers, Percussion family book, and worksheets

Vibration lesson (three lessons available, recommended for grades K-1, 2-3, and 4-5): Includes lessons and worksheets

How sound travels (recommended for 3-5): Includes lesson, worksheet, and paper cup experiment worksheet

Size and pitch (recommended for 3-5): Includes lesson, worksheet, and sorting cards

Volume (two lessons available, recommended for grades K-2 and 3-5): Includes lessons, worksheet, sound wave cards, loud and quiet songs ("Closet Key" and "Lucy Locket," both notated and as mp3's), and loud and quiet pictures

Sound wave behavior (recommended for grades 4-5): Includes lesson and worksheet

Instrument creation (two lessons available, recommended for grades K-2 and 3-5): Includes lessons

Instrument family (recommended for grades 4-5): Includes lesson, slideshows for each instrument family, and worksheet. The slideshows come in PowerPoint and Google Slides, to make it easier for distance learning.

Each lesson uses the model of Watch/ Read/ Do/ Reflect. Many contain links to YouTube vidoes, suggested readings, suggested experiments and activities, etc.

Purchase of this set allows you to share it with one other teacher at your school, for ease of collaboration. If you are a grade-level teacher, you might share it with a team member or your music teacher; if you are a music teacher, you might share it with a classroom teacher.

Read some of the reviews!

"My students are LOVING this at the end of the year. It's keeping their attention and they keep wanting more!"

"Great way to teach science behind the sound in an organized way. Excellent for STEAM initiatives."

"Loved the variety of lessons for each concept and grade level."

The set contains these four slideshows already available in my store:

Brass Family slideshow

Woodwind Family slideshow

Percussion Family slideshow

Strings Family slideshow

If you already own these slideshows, either individually or with my Instruments of the Orchestra mega-set, but still want to purchase this set, I will give you a credit for $5 to my store if you email me your username to

Looking for more cross-curricular sets? Try these sets:

Teaching Common Core through Music {Kindergarten}

Now I know my ABC's {Kindergarten Program}

The Wheels on the Bus {Slideshow and Printable Book}

Collaboration Calendar

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Total Pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 months
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