Synth Kit Lesson Plans - Mini FAQ

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What are the Synth Kit lesson plans?

The lesson plans were created for a special ongoing promotion featuring 9 hours of content with three different lessons that are appropriate for teaching in various grade levels. 

 

How can I purchase them?

You can either talk with an education sales specialist to receive a quotation or you may purchase on our site. If you have $500 worth of littleBits in your cart, you will see the option to add the free gifts to your cart - a Synth Kit and these lesson plans which are emailed to you up to 24 hours after you order. This offer is available until December 18th.

 

How are the lesson plans delivered?

They are digital PDFs - they will be emailed to you 24 hours after your order is processed.

 

What is the grade level for these lessons?

Each lesson has slightly different recommended grade levels:

Lesson 1

  • Elementary (grades 3–5)

Lesson 2

  • Middle School (grades 6–8)
Lesson 3
  • Elementary (3–5)
  • Middle school (6–8)

 

What are the topics of the Lesson Plans?

 

Here are the topics and descriptions for each lesson:

 

LESSON 1: INVENT SOUND MONSTERS

Students will learn the basics of sound to invent a unique musical monster. Each student will use defined constraints and criteria for success to manipulate Bits and materials. They will generate and compare multiple iterations of possible monsters and sounds. The lesson will conclude with students sharing a short video that introduces their monster’s name, story, habits, and signature sound.

 
LESSON 2: INVENT A NEW INSTRUMENT
 
 
Students will use the littleBits Invention Cycle and an understanding of the basics of circuitry and music to construct a synth guitar (keytar) out of found objects. Students will demonstrate their creativity and collaboration skills to remix their prototypes to improve upon and customize their instruments. They will gain an understanding of how sound waveforms interact with surfaces to manipulate melodies, as well as how timbre works. Each student will use defined constraints and criteria for success to create multiple models of their instrument invention. The lesson will conclude with students playing their new instruments in a concert.
 
 
LESSON 3: INVENT MUSIC WITH LIGHT
 
 
Students will use the littleBits Invention Cycle and an understanding of the concepts of electromagnetic waves, rhythms, and frequency spectra to create an optoelectronic sequencer similar to a record or CD player. Students will construct a sound-producing, light-sensitive turntable which translates layers of grayscale paper printouts into pitches. The physics of waves and energy will be explored while composing music using the sequencer.
 
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