This unit was designed specifically to address the first grade NGSS 1-PS4. Standards covered in this unit include:
1-PS4-1. Plan and conduct investigations to provide evidence that vibrating materials can make sound and that sound can make materials vibrate.
1-PS4-2. Make observations to construct an evidence-based account that objects can be seen only when illuminated.
1-PS4-3. Plan and conduct an investigation to determine the effect of placing objects made with different materials in the path of a beam of light.
1-PS4-4. Use tools and materials to design and build a device that uses light or sound to solve the problem of communicating over a distance.
The activities inlcuded in this unit:
Activity 1: Can You Sleep Little Bear? This adorable literature book introduces students to the idea that we need light to see. Students do an investigation using their own cave. A writing activity is also included.
Activity 2: Sources of Light Students go on a little scavenger hunt and record different sources of light.
Activity 3: Light ‘em up: Students play a game to reinforce the idea that things can only be seen when illuminated.
Activity 4: Traveling Light: Student test different items to see which ones light can pass through.
Activity 5: The Sounds All Around: Another great literature book introduces the idea that sound is caused by vibrations.
Activty 6: Sound Scavenger Hunt Students make a list of different sounds they hear.
Activity 7: What Makes Sound? Given a variety of materials, students work in group to create sounds
Activity 8: Exploring Sound with a Kazoo: Students make simple kazoos using wax paper, paper tubes and rubber bands.
Activity 9: Paper Cup Telephones: Students investigate how a paper cup telephone works.
Activity 10: Crack the Code: Students use sound or light to communicate math problems to a group far away.
Word Wall Cards and Activities: Word Wall cards and suggested activities to build vocabulary are included.
Teacher pages are provided for each of the activites. Literature suggestions and video links are included ot help build background and content knowledge.
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