Sound Energy Overview
This unit features the music and art of Mark Mothersbaugh. The first lesson provides a hands-on activity that allows students to discover that sound is produced by vibrations. In the second lesson, the students explore sound characteristics and use these explorations to define the content vocabulary.
Lesson three introduces students to the basic families of musical instruments. The final combines all the concepts that were covered. Students will create an instrument that will demonstrate changes in pitch and volume. They will watch an interview with Mark Mothersbaugh and listen to examples of the music that he has created.
There are resource pages that give an overview of sound and a vocabulary list. Also provided are a PowerPoint presentation about sound energy and directions for making a pitch machine.
Grade 5, Science — Physical Science
3-5 Benchmark F. Describe the properties of light and sound energy.
Y2003.CSC.S03.G03-05.BF.L05.I05 / Nature of Energy
05. Explore and summarize observations of the transmission, bending (refraction) and reflection of light.
Y2003.CSC.S03.G03-05.BF.L05.I06 / Nature of Energy
06. Describe and summarize observations of the transmission, reflection and absorption of sound.
Y2003.CSC.S03.G03-05.BF.L05.I07 / Nature of Energy
07. Describe that changing the rate of vibration can vary the pitch of a sound.