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ACS: Science ABCs - 'K' is for Kazoo

Konrad plays a mean kazoo
In Kay’s Kazoo Quartet.
He’s hardly ever nervous,
But now he’s quite upset.

Konrad lost his best kazoo—
The big show starts at eight.
He needs to find another
Because the show won’t wait.

Konrad doesn’t worry much.
He knows what he can do.
He’ll save the quartet’s concert—
He’ll make his own kazoo!

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What You’ll Need

  • toilet paper
  • wax paper
  • rubber band

 

How does Konrad’s kazoo make music?

When you hum into a kazoo, you cause the tube and the air inside to vibrate. These vibrations then cause the surrounding air to vibrate. When these vibrations reach the ears of listeners, they hear kazoo music.


Science Topics
Physics, Sound
Music, Art, and Language Arts Topics
Musical Instruments
K-6
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
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ACS: Science ABCs - 'K' is for Kazoo

Konrad plays a mean kazoo
In Kay’s Kazoo Quartet.
He’s hardly ever nervous,
But now he’s quite upset.

Konrad lost his best kazoo—
The big show starts at eight.
He needs to find another
Because the show won’t wait.

Konrad doesn’t worry much.
He knows what he can do.
He’ll save the quartet’s concert—
He’ll make his own kazoo!

Try this activity

What You’ll Need

  • toilet paper
  • wax paper
  • rubber band

 

How does Konrad’s kazoo make music?

When you hum into a kazoo, you cause the tube and the air inside to vibrate. These vibrations then cause the surrounding air to vibrate. When these vibrations reach the ears of listeners, they hear kazoo music.


Science Topics
Physics, Sound
Music, Art, and Language Arts Topics
Musical Instruments
K-6
Kindergarten, 1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade, 5th Grade
Descriptions of PDFs

Try this activity

What are you looking for?

Organization

ACS (American Chemical Society)

Website URL

Type of Resource

PDF File
Tutorial
Video

Assigned Categories