Curriculum

How Can We Send a Message Using Sound?

How Can We Send a Message Using Sound?

How Can We Send a Message Using Sound? is part of Smithsonian Science for the Classroom, a brand new curriculum series by the Smithsonian Science Education Center. It is aligned to a group of grade 1 standards. It has a focus on engineering with a secondary focus on physical science. In this module, students:

  • Identify the problem of how to send a message a long distance
  • Learn that patterns of sounds can be used to send a message without speaking
  • Collect evidence to build a claim that sound is caused by something vibrating
  • Test different materials to find the ones that make the best kazoo
  • Construct an explanation for how we hear
  • Use their understanding of sound to make a simple musical instrument that can send a message

Below are digital resources that support teaching of this module.

 

Module Background Information

Lemelson Center - For the Study of Invention and Innovation
http://invention.si.edu
This link gives examples of inventions and invention stories.

The Talking Drums
http://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/the-talking-drums-29197334/?no-ist=&c=y&page=1
This link gives information on talking drums.

Claims and Evidence
http://ambitiousscienceteaching.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/09/Claims-and-Evidence.pdf
This link gives more information on the difference between a claim, an explanation, and evidence.

 

Lesson 1: Pass It On
Lesson 2: Zoo Game
Lesson 3: Science of Sound

Set of Sound Stop cards
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Lesson 5: Sound of Music

"The Fox"

Lesson 6: Kazoo Kraziness

"When the Saints Go Marching In"

Lesson 7: Make It Jump

Salt Jumping
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Lesson 9: Help Hopper Cross the River Part 1

Ada Asks Design Challenge

 

Roles 
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Banjos
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Lesson 10: Help Hopper Cross the River Part 2
Kit Tips & Tricks