Making Soundby: Page Keeley, Francis Eberle, and Lynn Farrin

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The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about sound production. The task specifically probes to determine whether students recognize that sounds result from vibrations produced by an object or by objects or materials in contact with the object listed.

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  • on Mon Sep 09, 2013 10:47 AM

This quick and easy assessment would be great to use before starting and after a sound unit. It would give the teacher information on what the students know about sound before beginning the unit and could be used as a final assessment to check to see if student now understand that sound is a series of vibrations.

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Thu May 26, 2011 9:08 PM

This probe checks to see if students understand that sound production is based on the vibrations of an object. Giving students cards to sort into "things that make sound" and "things that do not make sound" (and even an "It depends" category) allows you to walk the room and scan student desks and quickly see who has a grasp and who does not. I really like the probes that provide for easy card sorts.

Susan German  (Hallsville, MO)
Susan German (Hallsville, MO)

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