Lesson Plan

Engineered Music

Sound engineers investigate the structural design of a musical instrument, the recorder. They work in collaborative groups to choose an instrument to build out of everyday craft materials. It must be able to repeat a three-note sequence at least three times. Though the publisher designated this lesson as appropriate through high school, it may be best used with your elementary engineers or during a unit on sound waves when learning about pitch.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
  • Addresses Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards
  • Teamwork, critical thinking, and problem solving skills are practiced
  • Children will enjoy engineering a music-making device
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