Lesson Plan

Sound Waves

Students will use technology and quick experiments to understand the energy of sound waves.
Phyllis R.
Classroom teacher
Barboursville Middle School
Barboursville, United States
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My Grades 7
My Subjects Science

Students will be able to...

identify sound waves as longitudinal waves that travel through a medium

recognize the dB levels of everyday sounds

understand energy causes the vibrations that allow the sound waves to travel.

**This app flow is created for a blended delivery classroom. Students recieve their direct instruction via videos and online presentations.

Grades 6 – 8
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1 Hook

Students will begin by working in small groups (depending on the number of iPads you have available). Allow the students about 20 minutes to work on Garage Band making songs and various instrumental sounds. The students must use various instruments and voice recordings and watch the decibel levels on the sound bar on the screen. They will be able to notice a correlation in the increase of spikes with the louder sounds.

2 Direct Instruction

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The students will need to watch the Prezi that was created with the information about sound waves. Students will complete a viewing guide with the Prezi. The information contained in the Prezi includes: definitions of mechanical and longitudinal waves, vibrations, energy, and decibel levels.

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Presenting

Students will go to the following You Tube video to watch at home. Students that do not have internet access will have opportunities to watch at school. The video demonstrates the 6 inquiry labs that the students will be conducting in the classroom. If students have questions about the set up or implementation of the inquiry labs, they can ask before they start exploring.


4 Independent Practice

Activity: Exploring

When the students return to class after watching the video, the 6 labs will be set up and ready for the students to explore in their small groups. Each of the labs have questions that the students must answer, requiring them to further explore the meaning behind each exercise. I am available and will be walking around the classroom but am requiring the students to answer the questions in their groups without my assistant.

5 Wrap-Up

Students need to research 10 everyday sounds and their decibel levels. The students need to know which sounds can cause hearing loss immediately, which ones can cause hearing loss over a short time period, and which ones can cause hearing loss over a long time period. The students will make an iMovie about the hearing loss and demonstrate the 10 sounds.