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Fourth Grade: Waves

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Driving Question: What are waves and what are some things they can do?

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Fourth Grade Crosscutting Concepts

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Caues and Effect


Similarities and differences in patterns can be used to sort, classify, and analyze simple rates of change for natural phenomena.

Similarities and differences in patterns can be used to sort and classify designed products.


Energy and Matter

Energy can be transferred in various ways and between objects.

Talking Science: Crosscutting Concepts to Support Comprehension

Crosscutting concepts have application across all domains of science. As such, they are a way of linking the different domains of science. They include patterns; cause and effect; scale, proportion, and quantity; systems and system models; energy and matter; structure and function; and stability and change. The Framework emphasizes that these concepts need to be made explicit for students because they provide an organizational schema for interrelating knowledge from various science fields into a coherent and scientifically based view of the world.

Suggested Read Aloud Texts

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Nothing Stopped Sophie

Nothing Stopped Sophie

Oscar and the Cricket

Jackrabbit McCabe

Drum Dram Girl

Drum Dram Girl

Talking Science: Formative Assessment Probes

Extend the discussion of these books using the suggested prompts from the Uncovering Student Ideas in Science Series from Page Keeley and NSTA.

  • 4-PS4-1
    • #4 Making Sound, p. 37
    • #16 Do Waves Move the Boat? (USI K-2 Vol1) p. 75
  • 4-PS4-3
    • No Probes Available for PS4.C (will be included in USI PSV4 when published)

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