Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Jam Jam Jam With a Rubber Band Band! - Section 3: Making Our Own Stringed Instrument and Experimenting with Sound


The teaching challenge for me was to let them just explore and play with the sounds that the rubber bands could make. I had forgotten how much fun rubber bands could be! I realized as I roved, observed and filmed them, that some students had never experienced rubber bands nor experienced how they produce sound! One of the awakenings I have had in teaching using exploration, engineering and inquiry has been the realization of some students' limited exposure to simple things in life. I am thrilled to develop an awareness within them. It's not that playing with rubber bands is so important in childhood, but I just thought every child had played with a rubber band at some point. Not so. Letting them go, be excited and gently guide them into understanding how vibrations produce sound is the way they will remember how sound works! The other thing that helps to drive this successfully is the choices they had about their materials. They could choose the frame or containers, the amount of strings and then create the design through trying. 

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Jam Jam Jam With a Rubber Band Band!

Unit 3: Waves
Lesson 5 of 8

Objective: Students will learn to understand how sound waves are transferred.

Big Idea: Students explore and create a stringed instrument that demonstrates their understanding of sound waves and how energy is transferred.

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Science, sound waves, Sound, Waves, Sounds Waves, engineering, transfer of energy, musical instruments and science, creating a musical instrument to explore sound
  75 minutes
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