Students investigate sound in their environment, particularly how sounds impact their lives. At the beginning of the unit, students use online simulations to investigate the properties of sound and learn about the components of a sound wave. They identify the different sounds in their environment and place them into categories for analysis. Students complete a project where they develop a research question, collect data in the field about different sounds, and analyze their data. They use what they have learned to create a digital product that makes recommendations about teens and sound. At the end of the unit, students share their products and take an exam over the science content.
View how a variety of student-centered assessments are used in the Dangerous Decibels Unit Plan. These assessments help students and teachers set goals; monitor student progress; provide feedback; assess thinking, processes, performances, and products; and reflect on learning throughout the learning cycle.
Use online simulations and animations to review basic concepts about sound. You may choose to include the following topics and simulations, based on the level of your students:
|Conversation with a friend|
|An exciting moment at a football game|
|A jet taking off|
|A baby crying|
|iPod or MP3 player|
|Getting yelled at by an adult|
|Using a snow blower|
Sarah Langdon participated in the Intel® Teach Program, which resulted in this idea for a classroom project. A team of teachers expanded the plan into the example you see here.
Grade Level: 6-8
Higher-Order Thinking Skills: Critical Analysis, Interpretation of Data
Key Learnings: Sound Waves, Decibels
Time Needed: 2 weeks, 1 hour daily
Background: From Sarah Langdon, Raleigh Hills K-8, Oregon