Featured in PASCO’s Elementary School Science Teacher Guide

Elementary School Science Teacher Guide


Features 29 inquiry based labs designed for elementary students and coordinated with the standards for life, earth and physical sciences.

Determining Sound Level

Lab Summary

Use a sound level sensor to measure the sound levels from different objects, to determine the source of sound, and to find the relationship of vibration to sound level.


To understand this content, students:

  • Build a simple drum and use it to make vibrations that can be seen.
  • Make sounds with objects and measure the sound levels with a sound sensor.
  • Examine evidence and data to draw conclusions that relate vibrations to sound levels.

Sensors / Equipment Used:

PASPORT Temperature/Sound Level/Light Sensor


Allows students to conduct all three measurements simultaneously and continuously. For use with PASPORT Interfaces.

Materials Used:

Balloon, cut open to make a drumhead 
Can opener (teacher use only) 
Drinking straw 
Notebook or copy paper - 3 to 4 sheets
Paper clip 
Paper or plastic cup, 350-mL (12-oz) 
Paper towel - 2 to 3 sheets
Pliers (teacher use only) 
Rubber band - 2 to 3
Square plastic food storage container, 1-qt 
Tin can, open at both ends 
Water ~ 300 mL

The Associated Bundle:

Elementary School Science Standard Sensor Bundle


This bundle contains the probeware needed to perform all 25 lab activities in the Elementary School Introductory Science Experiments.

Interface Required

This experiment may require software and an interface for data collection.