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Activity Overview

Sound isn't just something we hear, it also has a variety of different uses across many industries. Both humans and animals use sound to communicate, locate, and more. In this activity, students will create a spider map that illustrates real world applications of sound. Have students use books and the internet to research these and select five different uses. You may also provide them with a list to select from.

Lesson Plan Reference

Grade Level 6-12

Difficulty Level 2 (Reinforcing / Developing)

Type of Assignment Individual, Partner, or Group

Template and Class Instructions

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Student Instructions

Create a spider map that illustrates and describes several uses of sound.

  1. Click "Start Assignment".
  2. Identify four practical uses of sound in the title boxes.
  3. Write a sentence or more describing each one.
  4. Illustrate the practical application using a combination of scenes, characters, and items, or use Photos for Class.
  5. Save and submit your storyboard.


(You can also create your own on Quick Rubric.)

Real World Applications
Think of real world examples of the concept. Produce a visualization to illustrate the real world example of the concept.
Proficient Emerging Beginning
There are at least four cells, each giving a real world example.
There are at least two cells, each giving a real world example.
There is a least one cell giving a real world example.
The storyboard cell clearly illustrates the real world examples.
The storyboard cell relates to the real world example, but is difficult to understand.
The storyboard cell does not clearly relate to the real world example.
Evidence of Effort
Work is well written and carefully thought out.
Work shows some evidence of effort.
Work shows little evidence of any effort.

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