This lesson will begin with students brainstorming methods of communication using a web graphic organizer. Next, students will collaborate with a partner to create a basic cup phone set. Then, the teacher will lead students to develop a revised cup phone set using a variety of different materials. Lastly, the students will design and construct a revised version of the cup phone and test its effectiveness as compared to the first cup phone set.
This lesson results from the ALEX Resource Gap Project.
This is an inquiry-based lesson that allows the students to create a string telephone to investigate how sound can be used to communicate over a given distance.
This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.
Observe a group of children using light to communicate over a distance in this live-action video produced by WGBH. Use the video to observe strategies for using light to communicate across a distance as well as to design a light signal code to help you communicate to solve a problem from different locations.
Support materials include Background Reading, Teaching Tips, and Discussion Questions. This resource was developed through WGBH’s Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms project, in collaboration with NASA.