Exploring Sound With Insects

Robertson, Laura; Meyer, John R.
January 2010
Science Scope;Jan2010, Vol. 33 Issue 5, p12
Academic Journal
The article describes various classroom activities to explore the songs of the major singing insects. These insects include grasshoppers, katydids and crickets. It presents a 4-day lesson plan for teachers in the experimentation of singing insects which requires the Raven Lite, a software program allowing students to record sounds, developed by the Cornell Lab of Ornithology at Cornell University. It presents several photographs of the singing insects including a grasshopper, a katydid and a cricket. It also provides a list needed for the experiment.


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