Glove-a-Phone

How can a plastic glove, a straw, and a tube be combined to make a "musical" instrument? Build a Glove-a-Phone to discover one way to accomplish this feat. Once you learn the proper technique, your Glove-a-Phone can be heard a surprisingly long way off! How is the sound produced? Careful observation is needed to answer that question.

Grades Covered: K through 8
Subjects Covered: Physical Science, Art

Curriculum topics:
  • Sound
  • Vibration
  • Music
  • Instruments
  • Properties of Materials
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Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.
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National Standards

  • Generate & compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria & constraints of the problem.

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Elementary /// Engineering Design)

  • Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Middle School /// Engineering Design)

  • Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Middle School /// Engineering Design)

  • Plan & conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound & that sound can make materials vibrate.

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 1 /// Physical Science /// Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer )

  • Use tools & materials to design & build a device that uses light or sound to solve the problem of communicating over a distance.

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 1 /// Physical Science /// Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer )

  • Use a model to describe that animals' receive different types of information through their senses, process the information in their brain, and respond to the information in different ways.

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 4 /// Life Science /// From Molecules to Organisms: Structures and Processes )

  • Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 4 /// Physical Science /// Energy )

  • Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another. [Examples : electric circuits that convert electrical energy into motion energy of a vehicle, light, or sound; and, a passive solar heater that converts light into heat. Examples of constraints: materials, cost, or design time.]

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 4 /// Physical Science /// Energy )

  • Develop a model of waves to describe patterns in terms of amplitude and wavelength and that waves can cause objects to move.

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 4 /// Physical Science /// Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Kindergarten /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 1 /// Science and Engineering Practices )

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 2 /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 3 /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 4 /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Grade 5 /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • Science and Engineering Practices 1. Asking Questions and Defining Problems 2. Developing and Using Models 3. Planning and Carrying Out Investigations 4. Analyzing and Interpreting Data 5. Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking 6. Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions 7. Engaging in Argument from Evidence 8. Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information

    (Next Generation Science Standards /// Middle School /// Science and Engineering Practices)

  • 1.g. Sound is made by vibrating objects and can be described by its pitch and volume.

    (CA Science /// Grade 2 /// 01. Physical Sciences /// 1. The motion of objects can be observed and measured.)

  • 1.d. Energy can be carried from one place to another by waves, such as water waves and sound, by electric current, and by moving objects.

    (CA Science /// Grade 3 /// 01. Physical Sciences /// 1. Energy and matter have multiple forms and can be changed from one form to another.)

  • 4. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, and to address the content of the other strands, students will develop questions & perform investigations.

    (CA Science /// Grade Kindergarten /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 5. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, and to address the content of the other strands, students will develop questions and perform investigations.

    (CA Science /// Grade 3 /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 6. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, and to address the content of the other strands, students will develop questions & perform investigations.

    (CA Science /// Grade 4 /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 7. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions & conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept, and to address the content of the other strands, students will develop questions & perform investigations.

    (CA Science /// Grade 7 /// 07. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 4. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will:

    (CA Science /// Grade 1 /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 4. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will:

    (CA Science /// Grade 2 /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 6. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Student will:

    (CA Science /// Grade 5 /// 04. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 7. Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions and conducting careful investigations. As a basis for understanding this concept and addressing the content in the other three strands, students should develop their own questions and perform investigations. Students will:

    (CA Science /// Grade 6 /// 07. Investigation and Experimentation)

  • 9. Investigation and Experimentation

    (CA Science /// Grade 8 /// 01. Physical Sciences)


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