Miss Congeniality (2000)


Concept featured in film: Sound Waves

Location of clip: DVD: Chapter 15: Good Cover fast-forward too Gracie coming out on stage with glasses. Watch/Listen for 1 minute 40 seconds.


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Summary of clip: Gracie's talent in the Miss United States pageant is'playing the water glasses.' Gracie Hart has an assortment of glasses filled with water to her liking and she plays them to make a beautiful song.

Connection of flickclip to the concept: This clip is a good way to start discussion of sound waves and resonance.

Suggestions to Teachers:

1. The teacher should ask the students to think about the following questions while viewing the clip:

a. Why does Gracie drink some of the water from the first glass?

b. What happens to that glasses sound?

c. Pay attention to which glass she touches - Which make the lowest pitched sound? The highest pitched sound?

2. Give students an example of different glasses making different sounds and how to use tuning forks.

3. Have students experiment with water glasses and turning forks at their tables and report back on the questions above and below:

4. How do the different sized glasses and water amounts change the pitch we hear?

5. Describe the concept of sound waves and resonance.