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April 11th, 2009
Lesson Plan 3: Good Vibrations!

National Science Standards:

Content Standard A
As a result of activities in grades 5-8, all students should develop

  • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
  • Understandings about scientific inquiry

Content Standard B
As a result of their activities in grades 5–8, all students should develop an understanding of:

  • Properties and changes of properties in matter
  • Motions and forces
  • Transfer of energy

National Standards for Arts Education: Music:

Content Standard 6: Listening to, analyzing, and describing music
Grades 5-8 Achievement Standard

  • Students demonstrate knowledge of the basic principles of meter, rhythm, tonality, intervals, chords, and harmonic progressions in their analyses of music

For the class:

  • Computer with internet access and audiovisual projection system
  • Slinky™

For each group of several students:

  • Wire hanger
  • String (precut to one 4 foot length for each group)
  • Yarn (precut to one 4 foot length for each group)
  • Metal wire (precut to one 4 foot length and one six foot length for each group)
  • Ruler
  • “Sound Mediums” Student Organizer (PDF) (RTF)

Students will be able to:

  • Define key terminology about sound
  • Describe the movement of sound waves through various mediums and how different sounds produce different types of waves
  • Understand that the human body is itself a medium through which sound and music may be appreciated by a deaf person
  • Explain how sound is generally perceived by the ear and transmitted to the brain
  • Understand that the audible spectrum of sounds which humans can hear is a small part of an overall frequency spectrum of ultrasonic and infrasonic sound


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