Lesson Plan

Sound Absorption Wall

What types of materials absorb sound? Learners explore sound waves, the decibel scale, and how different materials affect sound. Then, they use their knowledge of sound meters to complete a STEM engineering design task to build sound-absorbing walls. Finally, pupils evaluate each other's sound meters to determine which materials absorbed sound the best.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Extend learning by having scholars test their sound-absorbing walls around the school or at home
  • Have groups test each other's designs and offer suggestions for improvement
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires materials a typical classroom likely does not have
  • Contains many real-life connections to keep it interesting and relevant to students
  • Incorporates engineering design practices
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