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Sound and Vibrations 2: Make Sprinkles Dance

Grade Range
1st
Group Size
2 students
Active Time
30 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Area of Science
Physics
Key Concepts
Sound, vibration, motion
Learning Objectives
  • Understand that sound can cause materials to vibrate.
  • Demonstrate how you can make something move using sound.

Overview

Can you make something move by using only sound? Your students will find out in this lesson plan as they explore the connection between sound and vibrations.

This is the second in a pair of lessons about sound. Click here for the first lesson.

NGSS Alignment

This lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
  • 1-PS4-1. Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.
This lesson focuses on these aspects of NGSS Three Dimensional Learning:

Science & Engineering Practices Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations. Plan and conduct investigations collaboratively to produce evidence to answer a question.
PS4.A: Wave Properties. Sound can make matter vibrate, and vibrating matter can make sound.
Cause and Effect. Simple tests can be designed to gather evidence to support or refute student ideas about causes.

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies

Materials


materials for making sprinkles move with sound waves

Each group will need:

  • Small cup, bowl, or food storage container
  • Piece of plastic cling wrap, larger than the opening of the container
  • Rubber band that fits tightly around the perimeter of the container
  • Pinch of granular material like salt, sugar, or small sprinkles (colored sprinkles will be the easiest to see on the clear plastic wrap)
  • Cafeteria tray or large plate

You will also need damp paper towels for clean-up.

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Grade Range
1st
Group Size
2 students
Active Time
30 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Area of Science
Physics
Key Concepts
Sound, vibration, motion
Learning Objectives
  • Understand that sound can cause materials to vibrate.
  • Demonstrate how you can make something move using sound.

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