Explore Sound Wave Cove
and discover the science behind sound using this three-week unit!
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Three weeks’ worth of lesson plans are aligned to the first-grade Next Generation Science Standards for sound waves and are appropriate for K-3.
♫ Lesson One: Making Sound
Through class presentations, interactive multimedia explorers and hands-on labs
, students will discover how each group of instruments on the cove's Instrument Island make sound and will create their own instruments.
Students will explore the noises of Sound Wave Cove through a CCSS-aligned group research paper.
From dolphins, seagulls, crabs and seals to foghorns, wind and waves, students will learn how each topic makes its unique sounds, present their findings to the class and display them on the Sound Wave Cove class bulletin board.
A Beach Jam party
caps off this lesson where students can play instruments, present learning to parents, and discover the Conch Shell Mystery Explorer to uncover why conch shells sound like the ocean.
♫ Lesson Two: Sound Moves Things
Not only is sound made by vibrations, but sound vibrates matter. Students will discover the classical Chladni plate experiment
that demonstrates this principle and conduct a series of hands-on labs
to discover how sound waves vibrate solids, liquids and gasses.
Students cap off this lesson with an art-science project
depicting and writing about their Chladni plate observations.
♫ Lesson Three: Using Sound
People use technology to build useful sound communication tools. From ancient talking drums to the telegraph, telephone, phonographs and radio--sound technology is always developing.
Students will engineer their own sound technology solution
to send messages in Sound Wave Cove.
They will then discover cutting-edge acoustic levitation research
to discover how sound technology continues to advance and write about it at a grade-appropriate level.
Lesson plans combine a series of:
• engaging hands-on activities
• observation labs
• writing exercises
• art and engineering projects
• computer interactives
Interactives run on Flash and PowerPoint viewer. They are versatile enough to be used:
• On any computer with a classroom projector
• With a smart whiteboard (or interactive flipchart)
• On a PC in a homeschool setting
This is an excellent way to incorporate sound science into your lesson plans!
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: This product gives the End User (purchaser) the right to use the lesson plans in their classroom. Please purchase one additional, discounted multi-seat license per classroom if sharing with additional classrooms or for school district use. Thank you!
All projects are aligned to Common Core State Standards (CCSS) and Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). See preview file for lesson overview and standards alignment.
Keywords: beach, tropical, ocean, cove, sound, wave, collaborate, collaborative, multisensory, vibration, acoustic levitation, dolphin, seal, crab, wave, wind, seagull, foghorn, Chladni plate, shell, resonance, vibrate, soundwave, resonance, NGSS 1-PS4-1, NGSS 1.PS4.1, NGSS 1-PS4-4, NGSS 1.PS4.4, NGSS K-2-ETS1-1, NGSS K-2-ETS1-2, NGSS K-2, ETS1.1, NGSS K-2-ETS1-2.