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Sound Energy

Sound Energy

TEKS Objective

Students will use the five senses to explore different forms of energy such as light, heat, and sound.


Essential Understanding

The student knows that energy, force, and motion are related and are a part of their everyday life.

Science Background

Changing Sounds: BBC Learning (website) - Basic information about properties of sound, including pitch and loudness.

Changing Sounds
BBC Learning, www.bbc.co.uk

What is Energy? Annenberg Learner (website) - Interviews about energy with children, scientists and people on the street reveal a wide range of perceptions and understanding.

What is Energy?
Annenberg Learner, www.learner.org

Signature Lesson

Sound is Vibration, Five Senses: Southwest Educational Development Laboratories (PDF) - Part of a comprehensive unit on the senses specifically for kindergarten, this lesson focuses on exploration of sound energy. (See Lesson 3, pages 20 - 23.)

Sound is Vibration
Five Senses: Southwest Educational Development Laboratories, www.sedl.org

Supporting Lessons

Play the Rainbow to Explore Acoustics: Education.com (website) - Students fill jars with varied amounts of water to learn about acoustics and practice mixing colors to form a rainbow.

Play the Rainbow to Explore Acoustics
www.education.com

Let’s Hear it for Sound! – University of North Carolina (website) – Observe, predict, analyze results of hands on experiments that investigate sound energy.

Let's Here it for Sound
www.learnnc.org

Sound Booth Engineers: University of North Carolina (website) – Explore the ability of varied materials to absorb sound.

South Booth Engineers
www.learnnc.org

 

Elaboration Lessons and Extensions

Sound: Crickweb (website) - Students try to match a variety of sounds, including those from musical instruments, to corresponding pictures and words. Scroll down to the “Sound” activity.

Sound
Crickweb, www.crickweb.co.uk

Play the Rainbow to Explore Acoustics: Education.com (website) - Students fill jars with varied amounts of water to learn about acoustics and practice mixing colors to form a rainbow.

Play the Rainbow to Explore Acoustics
by Alicia Danyali, Education.com

Our Class Band: University of North Carolina (website) – Explore sound as you create a percussion section that will perform “Old MacDonald Had a Farm”.

Our Class Band
www.learnnc.org

Assessment Ideas

How to Make Musical Instruments for Kids: eHow (website) - Build homemade trumpets, xylophones, maracas and kazoos. To assess understanding of sound energy, have students use their senses of hearing, touch and sight to observe and describe the sounds produced by each instrument.

How to Make Musical Instruments for Kids
eHow, www.ehow.com

Literature Connections

All About Sound. Trumbauer, Lisa (ISBN-13: 9780516258478)

Sounds All Around. Pfeffer, Wendy (ISBN-13: 9780064451772)

Related Science TEKS

(K.2A) Ask Questions
The student is expected to ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world.

(K.2B) Plan and Conduct Descriptive Investigations
The student is expected to plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations such as ways objects move.

(K.2C) Collect Data
The student is expected to collect data and make observations using simple equipment such as hand lenses, primary balances, and non-standard measurement tools.

(K.2D) Record and Organize Data & Observations
The student is expected to record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words.

(K.2E) Communicate Observations
The student is expected to communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations.

(K.4A) Tools for Collecting Information
The student is expected to collect information using tools, including computers, hand lenses, primary balances, cups, bowls, magnets, collecting nets, and notebooks; timing devices, including clocks and timers; non-standard measuring items such as paper clips and clothespins; weather instruments such as demonstration thermometers and wind socks; and materials to support observations of habitats of organisms such as terrariums and aquariums.

(K.4B) Five Senses
The student is expected to use senses as a tool of observation to identify properties and patterns of organisms, objects, and events in the environment.

Related Math TEKS

K.5A    The student is expected to identify, extend, create, and describe patterns of sounds, physical movement, and concrete objects.

K.8A    The student is expected to describe and identify an object by its attributes using informal language (including shape, size, type, color, texture, or use).

K.8B    The student is expected to compare two objects based on their attributes.

K.9A    The student is expected to describe and compare the attributes of real-life objects such as balls, boxes, cans, and cones or models of three-dimensional geometric figures.

K.13B  The student is expected to solve problems with guidance that incorporates the processes of understanding the problem, making a plan, carrying out the plan, and evaluating the solution for reasonableness.

K.13D  The student is expected to use tools such as real objects, manipulatives, and technology to solve problems.

K.15A  The student is expected to justify his or her thinking using objects, words, pictures, numbers, and technology.

Additional Resources

Exploring Sound: K8Science (PDF) - Students rotate through stations for each activity below and record what they learn about sound at each station in their science notebooks.

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