Deconstructing Sound Through Waves

The overall purpose of the unit is to broaden students’ understanding of communication. The real world problem/challenge of the unit is for students to reduce noise pollution in our community. The basic design of the unit begins with a hook focusing on whistled registers of different languages. The final project begins with measuring levels of sound throughout their community and identifying sources of dangerous levels of decibels. Students design a method to lessen the impact of noise pollution
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Standards Aligned

Next Generation Science Standards, Common Core Math, Common Core ELA, Na Hapena A'o, International Society for Technology in Education, Other (see Unit)

Community Partner(s)

I chose my community partners based on relevance to the content in the unit, proximity to the school, and willingness to participate. Each community partner offers a uniqueness that provides another type of learning opportunity for the students. I chose the a center for people who are hearing challenged because they are a community center established for people who are deaf and hard of hearing offering educational programs as well as social activities and events. The speaker offers an interesting perspective because communication and interpretation of sound for people who are deaf or hard of hearing is unique. I also chose a  because the acoustic engineers there are able to speak to noise pollution and describe their experiences as part of their position at Soundscape.

Essential Question

How can sound waves be manipulated for a purpose?

Enduring Understanding

  1. Waves carry energy.
  2. Waves travel at different speeds through different media.
  3. Strong claims are supported by clear documented evidence.

Learner Level Middle

Primary Content Science, Engineering, Health