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# 4-PS4-1 Wave Properties Lab Stations Activity

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SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS 4-LS4-1. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standard. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Wave Properties Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Describe amplitude, wavelength and frequency of a wave.
2. Compare and contrast transverse and longitudinal.
3. Develop a model that describes the pattern of motion of a transverse wave.

Science Skills Station
Students will observe and compare and contrast the motion of a transverse and longitudinal wave. Students will also observe and compare how waves cause objects to move as a result of a wave.

Narrative Station
Students will read a text and watch a video about different types of waves, the movement of a wave and wave properties such as wavelength, amplitude and frequency.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to waves and wave properties (amplitude, wavelength and frequency). Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will develop a physical model of a transverse wave. Students will build a model of two waves with different wavelengths and amplitudes.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Jump rope (or rope that is similar in thickness and length)
Chunky red yarn (2 small pieces)
11 x 17 inch paper (2 pieces per group)
Crayons, markers and colored pencils
String
Pipe cleaners
String or yarn
Scissors
Glue
Tape
Ruler or meter stick

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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