Physics: Sound for Lower Elementary
These sites explain sound and properties of sound. Includes information on pitch, frequency, volume, and sound made from different sources. Listen to a variety of sounds, read misconceptions about sound, conduct experiments, and try hands-on activities. There is also a link to eThemes Resources on Sound.
Listen: Making Sense of Sound
Listen to sounds produced from various sources from the "Listening Guide", then go to the online activities to practice new ways of listening.
ThinkQuest: Phocus on Physics!
Learn what sound is, what a sound wave consists of, and how a wave of sound can be changed to sound energy. Then conduct an experiment and take an online quiz.
Soundscape: A Sense of Sound
In this activity, students explore three types of sound that help them distinguish places. The three types of sounds are the most distinctive sound, humans and environment interacting sound, and symbolic of change sound. NOTE: This site has links to external websites.
Learn about sound through virtual experiment and do hands-on activities such as making sound with various materials, vibrations through wood and metal, designing a sound instrument, and more.
Sound: Listen Up
Scroll down to "Sound: Listen Up" to find activities that instruct students on how to make a xylophone, guitar, kazoo, and more by using household items. Includes reports of experiments conducted by other students.
BBC: Physics: Sound
Learn what sound is, loudness, pitch, and hearing. NOTE: The "Talk" link leads to a discussion board.
BBC: Sound and Hearing
Learn about the differences in sound of various instruments when shaken gently and strongly through an interactive activity. Includes a quiz at the end of unit. NOTE: The "Talk" link leads to a discussion board.
BBC: Changing Sounds Online Activity
In this activity, students learn how the pitch and loudness of an instrument can be altered. NOTE: The "Talk" link leads to a discussion board.
Sound Description Chart
This is an interactive chart which allows students to record different sound words and origins of the sound. The chart is customizable.
Exploratorium: Ear Guitar
This page has instructions for doing a sound experiment using two cups and a string.
Explore Science: Sound Beats
Listen to the sounds, then try to determine the frequency of the two sounds on the far right.
Interactive Sound Ruler
Roll your mouse over the different decibel numbers to hear the sounds and to read how harmful the loud noises can be.
Children's Science Misconception
Scroll down to read children's science misconceptions about sound. Note: This site includes ads.
eThemes Resource: Physics: Sound
These sites explain sound waves and how the ear hears sounds. Includes information on sonic booms and decibels. Listen to a variety of sounds, play a virtual piano, watch movies about sound, and try several hands-on experiments. Includes links to eThemes Resources on radio waves and light.
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