Waves, Patterns and Energy Transfer NGSS 4-PS4-1 and 4-PS3-2

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Students will explore waves and concepts relating to waves in hands-on, engaging ways, and also through reading informational text about waves. Students will learn about amplitude and wavelength and that waves transfer energy rather than matter.

This resource is designed to address two 4th grade standards for NGSS Energy and Waves and Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer. Students will make models and identify the parts of the wave.

NGSS 4-PS4-1. Develop a model of waves to describe patterns in terms of amplitude and wavelength and that waves can cause objects to move.

NGSS 4-PS3-2.

Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.

This resource also covers Utah SEEd standards.

Standard 4.3.1 Develop and use a model to describe the regular patterns of waves. Emphasize patterns in terms of amplitude and wavelength. Examples of models could include diagrams, analogies, and physical models such as water or rope. (PS4.A)

This resource includes:

  • inquiry-based lessons
  • 4 pages of informational text
  • response pages
  • interactive notebook flaps
  • a review game with cards
  • six hands-on activities
  • labs on waves
  • answer keys

This resource includes six hands-on lessons with easy-to-find materials. This is one of my most popular resources!

Science Topics Addressed Include:


Mechanical Waves

Electromagnetic Waves

Longitudinal Waves

Transverse Waves






Patterns in Waves

Sound Waves

Light waves



Making observations

Making a Model

Recording Data

Hands-on Activities include:

Cup Telephone

Sound Sandwich

Jump rope waves

Slinky Waves

Wax stick waves

*Other Materials Can be Substituted

For NGSS 4th Grade

Next Generation Science Standards

Reading Informational Text Strategies Include:


Making Inferences

Main Idea and Supporting Details


Reading Back In The Text

Quoting From Text

Explaining What Text Says

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of energy.
Develop a model of waves to describe patterns in terms of amplitude and wavelength and that waves can cause objects to move. Examples of models could include diagrams, analogies, and physical models using wire to illustrate wavelength and amplitude of waves. Assessment does not include interference effects, electromagnetic waves, non-periodic waves, or quantitative models of amplitude and wavelength.
Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.
Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
Determine the main idea of a text and explain how it is supported by key details; summarize the text.


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