Catch that Wave! A First Grade Inquiry into Light and Sound Waves

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Phyllis Sprangel
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Love this resource! I implemented it during our lights and sound science unit in my first grade classroom. My students loved it and it really helped me determine what they knew!
I bought this unit on the recommendation of a colleague and I couldn't be happier! The activities are all so fun and interactive. My students have loved it! Thanks so much!


"Catch that Wave! A First Grade Inquiry into Light and Sound Waves" is a unit that explores light and sound waves. Students will use this information to create a communication device. This unit is aligned to the Next Generation Science Standards, 1-PS4-1, 1-PS4-2, 1-PS4-3 and 1-PS4-4. This contains teacher-friendly lessons that are easily to use. Jump right in and get going! You will find a lot of resources to use, too!

Here is what is included:
Ways People Communicate (anchor chart) 1-PS4-4
Vocabulary Cards
Sound Vibrations 1-PS4-1
Inquiry: Sound begins when something vibrates
Guess That Sound
Find That Sound
A Sound Scavenger Hunt
Rubber Band and Peg Board Exploration
Feel the Sound
A Bear’s Growl
Sound Effects
Paper Cup Telephone
Sounds Travels
Making Music
Different Sounds
What Do You Know? (Assessment)

Illumination 1-PS4-2
Inquiry: Objects can be seen when light illuminates them and some objects give off their own light
Things that Produce Light (Anchor chart)
Light Sources

Transparent, Translucent, Opaque 1-PS4-3
Inquiry: How objects can be transparent, translucent and opaque
Transparent, Translucent, Opaque (anchor charts)
Animal Shadows
Light Travels
Light Reflects
My Secret Message
Teddy Bear Reflections
Prism Observation

Communication Device 1-PS4-4
Inquiry: People use sound and light to communicate
Explanation of Design a Communication Device
Design your Communication Device
Communication Device Rubric
Communication Device Reflection

Hope you enjoy this unit! Happy Teaching!
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