Sound Theme Page
Below are the CLN "Theme Pages" which support the study of sound. CLN's theme pages are collections of useful Internet educational resources within a narrow curricular topic and contain links to two types of information. Students and teachers will find curricular resources (information, content...) to help them learn about this topic. In addition, there are links to instructional materials (lesson plans) which will help teachers provide instruction in this theme.
The Human Body's Senses: Hearing Theme Page
General Sound Resources
Here are a number of links to other Internet resources which contain information
and/or other links related to the concepts of sound. Please read our
Art of Science: Ben Franklin's Harmonica
- Students build and play homemade musical instruments to learn how various
materials produce different sounds.
ERIC Lesson Plans: Physical Sciences
- This link is to Ask Eric's index of physical science lesson plans. At least
three (Sounds Like Fun, Understanding Sound, and Understanding Waves) deal
with the concepts of sound but you'll have to scroll through the index to
Creatures of the Night
- This grade 2 unit has several lesson plans/activities that introduce the
concepts of sound within a multidisciplinary unit on bats.
in Auditory Perception
- For older students only, these multimedia demonstrations cover such topics
as pitch perception, auditory scene analysis, and experiments with octave-related
Lesson Collection: Physics
- From the Encarta index of lesson plans, select "Science" and then "Physics"
to find four lessons on sound: How Do Springy Things Vibrate (#861); How do
Strings on Musical Instruments Vibrate? (#862); Using a Weak Sound to Make
a Loud Sound (#866); and Hooke's Law, Vibrations, Mechanical Waves and Sound
(#867). Access to these lessons was on the fifth page of the Physics collection
of lessons when this site was reviewed.
- Heat, Light, and Sound
- This grade six science curriculum from Utah contains two units which explore
the fundamentals of heat, light and sound.
Students compare the production of heat, light, and sound through 8 learning
activities. Four are applicable to just a study of sound.
Students learn about the characteristics and movement of heat, light,
and sound through seven activities with two specifically on sound.
- Elizabeth Rexford, a teacher with over 30 years of experience, developed
this award winning site in which grade 4-6 students use the Internet to learn
how sound is produced and then apply this knowledge to design and make a musical
instrument. Suggested hands-on sound experiments are provided.
- Percussion, Kids and Stomp
- Within this Performance Group's web site, there are two sets of activities
and lessons to help elementary students learn about sound.
Science Activity Manual
- This Manual contains hands-on activities on sound that can be downloaded
in either MAC (MS WORD) or Windows (Wordperfect) versions. The manual is neither
a lab manual nor a series of lesson plans. Rather, it provides the teacher
with background information on sound and a collection of student-centered
activities which s/he can adapt to local conditions. This link is to the site's
home page. You'll need to scroll down the menu to find the links which will
allow you to download the Sound section of the manual.
- The Southeastern Michigan Math-Science Learning Coalition offers over 200
lessons plans, organized by grade level. There are a number of elementary
grade lessons on sound but you'll need to scroll through the list to find
- This site is the home page for a university course on physics designed
to help teachers to learn about the nature and characteristics of sound. Included
within the site are sample teacher activities that could be used as classroom
demonstrations and sample teacher investigations that could be used as classroom
Classroom: Sound Waves and Music
- This section of the Physics Classroom contains a tutorial on sound which
consists of 5 lessons with 19 sublessons. Contents cover the nature of a sound
wave, sound properties and their perception, behavior of sound waves, resonance
and standing waves, and musical instruments. Lessons contain problems for
students to check their knowledge and animated GIFs to teach concepts.
- These nine demonstrations appropriate for high school students explore:
the effects of breathing helium; the Dopler effect; the sound of a bell in
a vaccum; , and the effect of intense sound waves on a beaker.
Mad Scientist Lab: Sound
- There are at least three science experiments suitable for the home or classroom
on sound at this site. The three that were on the site when it was reviewed
are intended for young children and address the principles of sound, how sound
waves are formed, and how to make a homemade hearing aid.
Program Physics Index
- Teachers participating in the SMILE (Science and Mathematics Initiative
for Learning Enhancement) summer session programs each create a single concept
lesson plan. This database has at least 10 lesson plans on sound in their
section on Waves, Sound, and Optics. Caution: Since there is a wide number
of authors who have contributed to the database, the detail and quality of
the lesson plans will vary.
A Unit and Lesson Plans
- Nine lessons and topics tied to learning objectives for intermediate strudents.
- This ThinkQuest Junior site looks at sound within the context of an orchestra.
Part of the site focuses on musical instruments and the sounds that they make.
However, there's also a section which discusses the principles of sound (from
an instrumental perspective). Student activities are provided to demonstrate
some of the concepts.
- "The Soundry is an exciting, interactive, and educational web site about
sound. Covering everything from the most basic concepts of what sound actually
is to the specifics of how humans perceive it, The Soundry aims to promote
enthusiasm and knowledge of sound."
- This interdisciplinary teaching unit for senior high school students looks
at these questions: How does sound affect a person's life? How is sound produced,
recorded, and controlled? When is sound noise? and, What is it like to live
in a silent world?
Grade - Science - Overview
- In these six lesson plans, grade three teachers have students explore the
concepts of sound, build a sound wave detector, construct and test a cup-and-string
sound carrier, and create string, percussion and wind instruments for a class
Wires, Waves: The Science and Technology of Communication
- This National Science Foundation website was designed to help children
explore and understand the ways we communicate with one another. There are
six units - each containing hands on explorations - which progress in sequence
from simple forms of communication towards complex technological forms. In
unit three, students (ages 7-14) learn about sound by building a rudimentary
telephone and speaker.
- Whelmers are "science activities that will catch the eye and mind of even
the most indifferent student!" At least three whelmers (#10, #11, and #67)
on this page have student activities that might be useful within a unit on
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