Author:
Glenn Shelton, Carrie Robledo
Subject:
Music, Physical Science, STEM
Material Type:
Activity/Lab
Level:
Lower Primary
Tags:
  • #NCDLS
  • k5engineers
  • ncdls
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution
    Language:
    English

    Education Standards

    2. Kazoooooo

    2. Kazoooooo

    Overview

    Students will learn about sound and how sound moves. Students then work together to make an instrument (a kazoo) to make sound.

    Instructor Directions

     

    Engineering Process

    2. Kazoooooo

    Driving Question / ScenarioHow can I build an instrument to make sound?
    Project SummaryStudents will learn about sound and how sound moves. Students then work together to make an instrument (a kazoo) to make sound.
    Estimated Time45-60 minutes
    Materials / Resources2 popsicle sticks, 3 rubber bands (1 thick and 2 thin), 1 straws (cut each straw 1 inch long)
    Standards2.P.1.1:  Illustrate how sound is produced by vibrating objects and columns of air.2.P.1.2:  Summarize the relationship between sound and objects of the body that vibrate - eardrum and vocal cords.
    Project Outline
    AskHow can I build an instrument to make sound?
    ImagineHave students turn and talk to one another to give ideas.
    PlanStudents draw a blueprint of how they would use the materials to make a sound.
    CreateStudents work on their own to create their own kazoo for 10-15 minutes.
    ImproveAfter 10-15 minutes, give them a hint that the thick rubber band needs to go between the popsicle sticks. If their Kazoos do not work, then what do they need to do in order for it to work?
    Closure / Student ReflectionsHave students reflect on different types of sound of different materials.
    Possible Modifications / ExtensionsCreate video/audio recordings playing the instrument Create a “band”; different instruments playing the same tune

     

    Sample Pictures / Video

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