Have you ever wondered what sound looks like? How can we see sound? Students will be analyzing the spectrogram of an ocean soundscape and create their own spectrogram with a song of their choice. Students will practice the I2 strategy and develop their caption writing skills and graphical analysis skills. This lesson pulls info from the following datasets: SanctSound, MBARI Soundscape Listening Room, DOSITS



Athena Barrios and Jessica Packard

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Next Generation Science Standards

Crosscutting Concepts
  • Patterns
Core Ideas
  • PS4.A: Wave Properties
  • Analyzing and interpreting data, Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
  • Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information

Ocean Literacy Fundamental Concepts

  • 5.B: Most life in the ocean exists as microbes. Microbes are the most important primary producers in the ocean. Not only are they the most abundant life form in the ocean, they have extremely fast growth rates and life cycles.