Sound Cross-Curricular Unit (NGSS 1-PS4-1)

Sound Cross-Curricular Unit (NGSS 1-PS4-1)
Sound Cross-Curricular Unit (NGSS 1-PS4-1)
Sound Cross-Curricular Unit (NGSS 1-PS4-1)
Sound Cross-Curricular Unit (NGSS 1-PS4-1)
Sound Cross-Curricular Unit (NGSS 1-PS4-1)
Sound Cross-Curricular Unit (NGSS 1-PS4-1)
Sound Cross-Curricular Unit (NGSS 1-PS4-1)
Sound Cross-Curricular Unit (NGSS 1-PS4-1)
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This unit is designed to help integrate your sound study with literacy as well as the arts. Students will study emergency sounds, high and low pitch, loud and soft volume, integrate informational writing and sensory poetry, and create an instrument with during a STEAM Challenge. Many of the activities are no-prep, although with the hands on nature of the studying sound, there are activities you will need to find musical instruments and/or sound recordings to enhance your students' experience and learning.

Next Generation Science Standards Alignment:
•1-PS4-1 Waves and Their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer
• PS4.A Sound can make matter vibrate, and vibrating matter can make sound

Emergency Sounds:
• Sounds Book
• Passage: Fire Trucks & Fire Fighters (3 leveled texts)
★ 1.7 ★ 3.0 ★ 5.7
• Passage: Smoke Detectors & Fire Alarms (3 leveled texts)
★ 2.6 ★ 3.8 ★ 5.5
• Passage: Police Cars & Police Officers (3 leveled texts)
★ 2.2 ★ 4.2 ★ 5.7
• Passage: Ambulances & EMTs (3 leveled texts)
★ 2.5 ★ 4.2 ★ 5.4
• Emergency Sounds Role Play
• Emergency Sounds & Non-Emergency Sounds Sort
• Writing: Emergency Sounds Prompt & Scoring Rubric

High and Low Pitch, Loud and Soft Volume:
• Pitch Graphic Organizer
• Pitch Exploration Book or Graphic Organizer
• High and Low Pitch Instrument Sort
• Passage: Pitch & Volume- How are they Changed?
★ 2.4 ★ 4.3 ★ 5.5
• Venn Diagrams: High & Low Pitch (2 Versions)
• Venn Diagrams: Loud & Soft Volume (2 Versions)

STEAM Instrument Challenge:
• Challenge Directions
• Engineering Design Cycle Graphic Organizer
• Grading Rubric: The grading rubric allows teachers to assess how students drew on their scientific knowledge of sound to explain how their instrument was created. Information should include needed measurements, and how the instrument plays high/low pitched sounds, and loud/soft volume.

• Instrument Museum Voting Slips & Awards: To celebrate students’ musical instrument creations, host an orchestra showcase. Students will walk around and examine/play their fellow musicians’ work. As they look, they will vote to decide upon 3 awards. (When I did this with my 1st and 4th graders, my rule was always you cannot vote for yourself.) After votes are in, awards can be given. A blank template is also included so you can create your own award, if desired. (b/w versions are included.)

Additional Sound Writing:
• Writing About Nouns with Sounds (Sort & Writing)
• Senses Poem: Graphic Organizer & Writing
• Sounds in Motion- Using Movement to Showcase Vocabulary Understanding
• Writing: Sounds in Motion Prompt with Rubric (3 Versions)

All Reading Levels based on Flesch-Kincaid Grade Level Equivalency

The Instrument STEAM/STEM Activity included in this set is ALSO sold separately:
Sound- Pitch and Volume Create an Instrument STEAM Challenge

The Instrument STEAM/STEM Challenge is part of a STEAM Growing Bundle: The plan is to have 12 STEAM & STEM products included by February 2018. STEAM & STEM Challenges {Growing Bundle!}

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69 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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