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Keywords: Sound, Sound Waves, Music, Musical Instruments
Subject(s): Science, Music
Grades 6 through 12
NETS-S Standard:
  • Creativity and Innovation
  • Communication and Collaboration
  • Research and Information Fluency
  • Critical Thinking, Problem Solving, and Decision Making
  • Digital Citizenship
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School: Hampshire Unit School, Hampshire, TN
Planned By: Lauren Wolff
Original Author: Lauren Wolff, Hampshire
The students will first investigate the properties of sound. What makes sound? What are sound waves? How are echoes made? Then students will research different families of instruments to explore how they work. Finally, students will work in a group to design and eventually build an instrument using recycled materials.
Students present their instruments to the class and reflect and evaluate if their instrument worked, why it did or didn't, and how they could have improved their design.
Materials: Music