I gave the students this Lab Sheet to use as they rotated through the stations:
You can grab a copy of this lab sheet for FREE by clicking on the images above or by clicking here!
Setting up these stations is SUPER easy! You will need two different sized tuning forks (one thick and one thin), a bucket or pan with water, a hanger with some string, access to the internet, and five jars with different levels of water (I put different colors of food coloring in my jars, too).
At the hanger station, they can hear how sounds travel differently through the air and through solids. They tap the hanger on their desk and hear a tiny clink... but with string attached to the hanger, wrapped around their fingers, and then fingers in their ears, it sounds very loud, almost like a gong!
At the third station, you could do this with individual computers if you had them, or like me- I had it projected on the SmartBoard! This is the website that goes with the lab sheet. I love those BBC websites, don't you?
And last, at the water jar station, the students get to hear how varying levels of water can make different pitches in the jars. They had to arrange them from lowest to highest (don't forget to tell them to mix them up for the next group). They tapped each with their pencil to hear the sounds.
My kids TOTALLY loved these stations!! I hope yours do, too! I'd love to hear how it goes in your room if you decide to do it, too! :o)