In this science station, students read a passage about transverse vs. longitudinal waves and sort pictures that demonstrate each type of wave. Students then answer questions about the sort within their science journals or on the included worksheets.
This station is also available in a larger bundle of 8 stations at a discount of 35%. Instead of paying $2, you only pay $1.50 per station for 8 stations on Wave Properties
Each station includes four different ways to respond to the experience at the station: short answer questions, fill-in the blank questions, task cards with short answers, task cards with multiple choice. All the variations are similar to one another. Choose the format that best fits your classroom and students. Students are encouraged to use their science journal, but worksheets are included as well.
Information about the full bundle:
Making Waves Science Stations for Fourth Grade Next Generation Science Standards include 8 different science stations where students can deepen their understanding of wave properties. The focus is on 4-PS4-A and includes concepts such as sound waves, phones, different types of waves, ocean waves, vibrations, transverse and longitudinal waves.
By working through this set of stations, students will gain an understanding of what happens when sound enters the ear. Many of the stations teach how sounds waves are generated. The Engineering Standards for fourth grade are also incorporated into this set of stations. See the preview for more details on the how the four physical science Disciplinary Core Ideas (DCIs) are combined and how the engineering standards are incorporated.
► Vocabulary Cards
in two formats with and without pictures.
- Students watch a video about sound or a video about waves then answer questions about the videos.
- Students interact with a video game about sound then answer questions about the games.
- Students read about sounds waves, construct a "phone" in order to investigate sound. Students then answer questions to reinforce the concepts learned.
- Students read about different types of waves. They draw a diagram of their observations of waves. Students answer questions about the diagram.
► Read a Passage
- Students read a passage about ocean waves and answer questions.
- Students read about sound and model vibrations in sounds in different ways. Students then answer questions about the model.
- Students will read about the ocean and explore what they will have learned in a simulation. They will then answer questions.
- Students read about transverse and longitudinal waves and sort pictures into categories matching the wave of type.
Some stations include two or more activity choices and extension activities.
Each station is designed to last about 15-20 minutes. Students may do one a day for 8 days, 2 a day for four days, or any format that works for your classroom. Because there are additional activities for the Watch and Play stations, you can offer those as a choice within that station or offer them as an early finisher station, as well.
See the preview for additional information and details.
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