Sound Waves Activities for Middle School Science

The resources below will provide students a comprehensive understanding of sound waves. All of the following lessons are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Sound Waves 5E Lesson includes materials for every "E" phase, including the Sound Waves Station Lab for Exploration and an interactive PowerPoint with digital INB templates for Explanation.

The lesson also includes introduction materials for Engagement, student-choice project ideas for Elaboration, and assessments for Evaluation.

After completing the Sound Waves 5E Lesson, students will be able to describe sound, how sound waves travel, how physical properties of a medium affect the speed of sound waves, what properties of waves affect what we hear, and what the Doppler effect is. 

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Sound Waves Classroom Experiences

Create a powerful student experience to help solidify students' understanding about sound waves. The following experience is also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

The Project, Face the Music - Build Musical Instruments STEM Challenge uses the engineering design process to create a musical instrument and make a video about it. Your video will need to explain the following terms: sound, pitch, frequency, amplitude, and wavelength.

Students will be using collaborative skills such as brainstorming with their peers and reflecting on their progress during the project.

At the end of the Project, Face the Music - Build Musical Instruments, STEM challenge, students are given an opportunity to share their projects outside of the classroom.

Year-Round Resources

These year-round activities will increase your students' understanding of many middle school science topics.  All of these activities are also included in the Kesler Science Membership.

You're not alone if your students struggle with understanding graphs, charts, and tables. It's a skill that takes an enormous amount of practice. This resource will help students build a strong foundation in analyzing data and creating their own data visualizations.

These middle school science bell ringers are an excellent way to engage your students as soon as they walk into your classroom. This comprehensive FULL YEAR resource includes everything you need to start off each science class with an interesting warm-up activity.

Each game board has been carefully designed to keep students engaged. There are 10 different action spaces on each board and dozens of question cards. All of the actions are related to science concepts and keep the students motivated throughout the game.

Each game is ready to play. Simply print out the board and the cards and let the students enjoy reviewing nine different units.

Essential Questions and Standards

Below are the essential questions and standards associated with the lessons and activities included in the sound waves unit. This topic is only one of more than 100 middle school science topics included in the Kesler Science Membership.

Essential Questions
  • What is sound?
  • How do sound waves travel?
  • How do physical properties of a medium affect the speed of sound waves?
  • What properties of waves affect what we hear?
  • What is the Doppler effect?
  • TEKS Science 8.8 C - Identify how different wavelengths of the electromagnetic spectrum such as visible light and radio waves are used to gain information about components in the universe

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