Lesson: The Composition of Instruments

Ask students to make a list of things that make noise. Tell them this includes instruments, like pianos and violins, and household objects, like pots and pans. After generating the list, ask them to list the materials used to make these instruments. Encourage them to think about materials you have studied in class, particularly metals and organic substances.

Composition of Instruments

Lesson: Instrument Experimentation (5th Grade)

Ask students to make a list of everything they do with breath. Remind them they do more than just breathing. Ask them to think about their daily activities. One example is blowing on a hot drink to cool it off.

Experimenting with Instruments

Lesson: Instrument Experimentation (5th Grade)

Ask students what they know about pianos. Is it a string instrument or a percussion instrument? Does anyone play the piano? What does the inside of a piano look like? Have students draw how they think sound is produced in a piano.

Experimenting with Sounds

Lesson: The Physics of Music

Ask students to make a list of activities they do that would be impossible without the application of physical principles. Give them the example of crossing the street. If students did not have the built in ability to estimate rates, they might be run over every time they cross! Encourage them to think about specific parts of objects they use throughout the day. How does playing a sport use momentum? How does driving a car use the principle of inertia?

Exploring Physics through Music

Lesson: Experimenting with Art (5th Grade)

How many colors are there? How are all these colors produced? Discuss how humans see color and the different ways in which we make more colors out of red, yellow, and blue.

Research on Colors

Lesson: Mathematical Mixing (5th Grade)

Ask students to point to as many different colors as they can around the room. How were these colors made? How do you classify colors?

Using Mathematical Tools