Sounds Abound

Contributor
Christine Anne Royce
Type Category
Instructional Materials
Types
Lesson/Lesson Plan , Article
Note
This resource, vetted by NSTA curators, is provided to teachers along with suggested modifications to make it more in line with the vision of the NGSS. While not considered to be “fully aligned,” the resources and expert recommendations provide teachers with concrete examples and expert guidance using the EQuIP rubric to adapted existing resources. Read more here.

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Description

This resource is an article found in the December 2016 edition of NSTA's "Science and Children" Journal which can be accessed for free in the NSTA Learning Center for NSTA members.  The article is entitled "Teaching Through Trade Books: The Sounds of Science" by Christine Anne Royce and contains a K-2 lesson "Sounds Abound" and a 3-5 lesson "Sound Signals"  The K-2 lesson, "Sounds Abound" is to be utilized with the book "What Makes Different Sounds?" by Lawrence F. Lowery.

"Sounds Abound" is a  5E lesson plan that can be used to investigate the characteristics of sound, how vibrating materials make different sounds, and how sounds can make different materials vibrate. 

Intended Audience

Educator
Educational Level
  • Grade 1
Language
English
Access Restrictions

Free access with user action - The right to view and/or download material without financial barriers but users are required to register or experience some other low-barrier to use.

Performance Expectations

1-PS4-1 Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.

Clarification Statement: Examples of vibrating materials that make sound could include tuning forks and plucking a stretched string. Examples of how sound can make matter vibrate could include holding a piece of paper near a speaker making sound and holding an object near a vibrating tuning fork.

Assessment Boundary: none

This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this performance expectation.

Comments about Including the Performance Expectation
Students participated in stations that examine different characteristics of sound (high, low, soft, and loud) and that sound is caused by vibrations and can cause vibrations. This resource provides suggested objects for creating sounds. If a teacher does not have access to these sounds they can find similar sounds on Youtube.

Science and Engineering Practices

This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this science and engineering practice.

Comments about Including the Science and Engineering Practice
Students engaged in two different types of investigations at each station. The investigations required students to use evidence to explain their understanding about a sound's loudness and pitch, as well as, how a sound is produced.

Disciplinary Core Ideas

This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this disciplinary core idea.

Comments about Including the Disciplinary Core Idea
Students investigated how sound creates vibrations in one exploration station and how sound is created by vibrations in a separate exploration station. Students will be able to organize the sounds by highest and lowest pitch and loudest and softest sounds.

Crosscutting Concepts

This resource is explicitly designed to build towards this crosscutting concept.

Comments about Including the Crosscutting Concept
Students engaged in two different types of investigations that required them to use evidence to explain their understanding about a sound's loudness and pitch, as well as, how a sound is produced.

Resource Quality

  • Alignment to the Dimensions of the NGSS: This lesson addresses all three dimensions of learning as defined by the NGSS. This lesson meets the performance expectation for first grade, disciplinary core idea, and science and engineering practices by having students investigate the the pitch and loudness of different sounds. Students will participate in a variety of stations that will allow them to see and hear that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.

  • Instructional Supports: This resource includes sound station cards with the names only and a sound signals data sheet which can be accessed at the following link: http://www.nsta.org/elementaryschool/connections/201612SoundStationCards.pdf . Students can use the sounds data sheet as they plan and carry out investigations. This resource also includes a literature connection and suggested questions for using the trade book "What Makes Different Sounds" by Lawrence F. Lowery.

  • Monitoring Student Progress: According to the author, "students are evaluated throughout the lesson, beginning with the initial determination of their understanding of high and low and soft and loud during the Engage phase. Students are also asked to record their own understandings as they explore different stations and discuss those understandings during the Explain phase as they use observations to support their claims. They are then asked to apply their understanding of high and low and soft and loud in a new setting by ordering a series of objects."

  • Quality of Technological Interactivity: With the exception of a link for free sounds effect clips, this lesson does not provide any additional resources or integrate technology that will allow students to further explore concepts discussed in this lesson.