Age 7-9: Concept 1 - Environment: Unit 3

In this unit your child will explore how the sense of sound allows us to better understand our environment. He will explore the parts of the ear and how they work together to help him hear and interpret sound. He will also explore and create wind, stringed, and percussion instruments.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be used in conjunction with the literature unit Who Was Helen Keller?


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books on a 3rd or early 4th grade reading level
  • Can answer comprehension questions about a chapter in a journal
  • Able to write three or four sentences on a topic
  • Usually used by children in third grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: Listening for Sounds
  • Lesson 2: The Ear
  • Lesson 3: Sound Travels (2 Days)
  • Lesson 4: Sound Waves
  • Lesson 5: Pitch or Frequency
  • Lesson 6: Music, Voice, and Instruments (2 Days)
  • Final Project: Design an Instrument

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Compare results of investigations with what students know about the world. (Science)
  • Construct reasonable explanations and draw conclusions. (Science)
  • Demonstrate how sound is produced by vibrating objects and vibrating columns of air. (Science)
  • Describe how sounds travel through different materials. (Science)
  • Identify, predict, replicate, and create patterns. (Science)
  • Observe and describe how sounds are made by using a variety of instruments and other sound-makers, including human vocal cords. (Science)
  • Observe and record functions of animal parts. (Science)
  • Plan and conduct simple investigations. (Science)
  • Sequence organisms, objects, and events. (Science)
  • Show how altering the size and shape of a variety of instruments can change frequency. (Science)
  • Show how frequency can be changed by altering the rate of the vibration. (Science)
  • Show how the human ear detects sound with a membrane that vibrates when sound reaches it. (Science)
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