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Sound Waves: Vernier Supplement to OpenSciEd Unit 8.2

Sound Waves: Vernier Supplement to OpenSciEd Unit 8.2

Sound Waves: Vernier Supplement to OpenSciEd Unit 8.2


Students engage in model-based reasoning, argumentation, and computational and mathematical reasoning to develop models to explain what makes a sound, how sound moves through air, and how it makes something move.

The Vernier Supplement to Unit 8.2 is a complement to the OpenSciEd curriculum and includes data-collection technology enhanced lessons to supplement the existing curriculum.

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Our partnership with OpenSciEd gives middle school teachers access to free high-quality instructional materials that integrate our data-collection technology and align with the Next Generation Science Standards.

Follow the steps below to access your free PDFs and editable Google Docs for each lesson.

  1. Download the complete unit from OpenSciEd.
  2. Add the Sound Waves Supplement to your Vernier shopping cart.
  3. Complete the order. You will receive an email with a download link.
  4. Follow the link to download the Vernier Thermal Energy Supplement.
  5. Swap in the enhanced data-collection lessons for the OpenSciEd lessons.


There are 14 lessons in the full OpenSciEd Unit 8.2.
2 lessons are enhanced with Vernier data-collection technology—included in the Vernier Supplement to Sound Waves
This unit uses Vernier Graphical Analysis™ and a Go Direct® Motion Detector.

Lessons Sensors Used
Lesson 1:  How does a sound source make something like this happen?
Lesson 2:  What is happening when speakers and other music makers make sounds?
Lesson 3:  Do all objects vibrate when they make sounds?
Lesson 4:  How do the vibrations of the sound source compare for louder versus softer sounds? Go Direct®
Motion Detector
(1 per class)
Lesson 5:  How do the vibrations from a sound source compare for higher-pitch versus lower-pitch sounds? Go Direct®
Motion Detector
(1 per class)
Lesson 6:  How can any object make so many different sounds?
Lesson 7:  What is actually moving from the sound source to the window?
Lesson 8:  Do we need air to hear sound?
Lesson 9:  How can we model sound traveling through a solid, liquid, or gas?
Lesson 10:  What exactly is traveling across the medium?
Lesson 11:  How does sound make matter around us move?
Lesson 12:  What goes on in people’s ears so they can detect certain sounds?
Lesson 13:  What transfers more energy, waves of bigger amplitude or waves of greater frequency?
Lesson 14:  How can we explain our anchoring phenomenon, and which of our questions can we now answer?



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