West Haven Public Schools

Unit Planning Organizer

Subject:  Science                                                               

Grade:  5

Unit:  Sound                          

Pacing:  Five Weeks

Essential Question(s):

1 –How are sounds different when moving through solids, liquids, gases? So if you were yelling to a family member that you won a Wii, would you rather yell to them through a wall, water, or an air filled balloon? Tell why.

2 – If a tree falls in the woods and there is no one to hear it, does it make a sound?


Big Idea(s):

·        Sound is a form of energy produced by a vibration.

·        Sounds move better through some materials than others.

CT State Standards (includes West Haven’s “Priority” GLES’s in BOLD and “Supporting” Standards)

1. Generalize that vibrating objects produce sound if the vibrations are transferred from the object through another material (e.g., air, solid, liquid).  B INQ. 1, 5, 6


2. Demonstrate how the loudness, pitch, and quality/timbre of sound can be varied


3. Design and conduct investigations to determine factors that affect pitch.  B INQ. 3


4. Describe the properties of materials that reflects or absorb sound.  B INQ. 5, 6


5. Construct simple musical instruments (e.g. rubber band guitars, drums, etc.) that produce sounds with various pitches, volume and timbres.  B INQ. 3, 4


“Unwrapped” Concepts and Skills, and Bloom Levels (BL)

Concepts(Need to Know)

Skills(Able to Do)




Properties of Sound – loudness, pitch, quality





Transmission – solid, liquid, gas




Generalize– movement of sound





Instructional Planning

Suggested Resources/Materials:

Foss Kit Activities:


1 – Drop Chamber – differentiate sounds 40 minutes.

4 – Tuning Fork – 40 minutes.

5 – Long Gong – 40 minutes.

8/9/11/12 – set up as stations around the room – 40 minutes.

26 – at home project assignment – students choose one – 2 week period.


** ask music teacher to demonstrate a sound lesson – strings.


Suggested Research-based Effective Instructional Strategies:

Parent Note (in English and Spanish)

Review Scientific Process (vocabulary and format of Lab Report)

Science Night / Presentation of Projects (see FOSS 26)


Word Wall

Sound, characteristics, code, properties, volume, pitch, vibration, forms of energy



Interdisciplinary Connections

Literacy:  Non-Fiction Leveled Readers.

Math:  Graph data gathered from experiments.

Social Studies/Art:  Create time line and illustrate