Standard #: SC.4.P.10.3

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Investigate and explain that sound is produced by vibrating objects and that pitch depends on how fast or slow the object vibrates.

General Information

Subject Area: Science
Grade: 4
Body of Knowledge: Physical Science
Big Idea: Forms of Energy -

A. Energy is involved in all physical processes and is a unifying concept in many areas of science.

B. Energy exists in many forms and has the ability to do work or cause a change.

Date Adopted or Revised: 02/08
Date of Last Rating: 05/08
Status: State Board Approved
Assessed: Yes

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Related Access Points

Access Point Number Access Point Title
SC.4.P.10.In.3 Recognize that vibrations cause sound and identify sounds as high or low (pitch).
SC.4.P.10.Su.3 Recognize sounds as high or low (pitch).
SC.4.P.10.Pa.2 Recognize objects that create sounds.

Related Resources

Lesson Plans

Name Description
Sound Vibrations Using the Engineering Design Process

This lesson uses the engineering design process to guide students through the exploration of sound energy and pitch. The design challenge is to produce a low-pitch tone by using different containers and liquids. Students must also create a budget to purchase supplies.

Sound-Why can we hear it?

Using a main idea and detail organizer students will identify the different details about sound that relate to the main idea. Students will also be able to understand the concept of using an informational text to help them comprehend information about a science topic.

Teaching Ideas

Name Description
Biomusic Students have an opportunity to identify a variety of sounds in the environment, discuss the sounds using appropriate terminology and identify whether they are a product of human production or the natural environment.
Exploring Sound Length Makes A Difference In this elementary physics lab, students will begin to explore the relationship between the length of an object and the sound it produces as it vibrates, by using a wood or plastic ruler and the edge of a desk or table.
Good Vibrations-SeaWorld Classroom Activity In this activity, students investigate how sound travels through air, solids, and water, students will be able to explain why sound is an effective means of communication and navigation for whales.
Jitterbug and Shake, Rattle and Vibrate

As a result of this activity, students will be able to explain that various objects can be made to vibrate, producing different sounds.

Sound All Around Students will have an opportunity to work with sounds and learn about pitch, volume and how sound travels.


Name Description
Pitch The students will watch a short video showing how different pitches are made.

Student Resources


Name Description
Pitch: The students will watch a short video showing how different pitches are made.

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