Unit 1.3 Oh, Say Can You See!
Area: Sound and Light Waves
This First Grade unit is the THIRD in the curriculum of three (3) units developed to address the First Grade science standards of the Michigan Science Standards related to Sound and Light Waves.
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Students will observe how sound will make objects vibrate and how vibrations will make sound. They will then explore with a variety of materials and the sounds that they make. They will create a musical instrument using the concept that sound is vibration. In the next instructional cycle, students will look at how light illuminates objects so that we can see them. They will also experiment with different objects to classify them into transparent/translucent/opaque/reflective categories. In addition, the students will explore redirecting light with a prism and mirrors. Finally, students will test 2 devices, using light and/or sound, to send and receive information over a long distance (the playground) while collecting data. They will also analyze the data to compare the performance of the two devices.