Real Glass Xylophone


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In this activity, learners create a xylophone by filling glasses with different amounts of water and tapping them with a metal spoon. This classic instrument is embedded in a training course for science educators, so it's not just for students! Formal science ideas include sound and vibration, and predicting how sounds will change as variables change. <b>[Activity is publicly available through a web crawler capture on Archive.org.]</b>

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • 8 drinking glasses of the same size and shape
  • container of water
  • metal spoon

Subjects


  • Life Sciences
    • Human Senses and Perception
      • Hearing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Sound
  • The Nature of Science
    • The Scientific Process
      • The Scientific Worldview
      • About Inquiry
      • Asking Questions
      • Conducting Investigations
      • Gathering Data
      • Formulating Explanations

Informal Categories


  • Music

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • hear
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Other


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Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0229796
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • Arthur Vining Davis Foundations
  • Public television viewers