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Using Patterns to Transmit Information

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Students will use patterns to communicate with each other in this fun unit! Patterns can be used to transfer information! Students will design a solution for transmitting information by using patterns. The unit begins by looking at the phenomena of patterns in nature. Parts of this can be used as a Distance Learning Package.

This resource includes four exciting hands-on activities to address this tricky standard.

NGSS 4-PS4-3 Generate and compare multiple solutions that use patterns to transfer information.

This resource is designed to meet the Disciplinary Core Idea: NGSS 4-PS4-3 Waves and their Applications in Technologies for Information Transfer.

This resource is also aligned with Utah SEEd 4.3.3 Design a solution to an information transfer problem using wave patterns. Define the problem, identify criteria and constraints, develop possible solutions using models, analyze data from testing solutions, and propose modifications for optimizing a solution. Examples could include using light to transmit a message in Morse code or using lenses and mirrors to see objects that are far away. (PS4.C, ETS1.A, ETS1.B, ETS1.C)

Students will learn four different methods for transmitting information by using patterns and then they will compare the four.

For more ideas on using patterns to communicate see this post.

Students will learn about Morse Code, how it works, and how they can use it to send a message. They will also consider why it is no longer being used. Students will create their own simple telegraph machine using a simple electrical circuit and use it to send and receive messages. Materials needed for this include a battery, electrical wire, electrical tape, and a light bulb.

Students will also learn about QR Codes by using QR Codes. For this lesson access to the internet and some type of device with a FREE QR code reader will be needed. One for each group of students is plenty.

The other two lessons use simple household materials or school supplies like an eraser, pencil, flashlight, etc.

Each lab on communicating with patterns includes response pages as well as answer keys.

This resource completely covers this hard to address standard for 4th grade:

NGSS 4-PS4-3 Generate and compare multiple solutions that use patterns to transfer information.

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I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!

 
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I am so impressed with this unit which manages to be distance learning and hands-on at the same time.  Really well thought out and engaging activities that allow students to practice each of the eight Science and Engineering Practices.  Really no prep for me!   Science and Engineering Practices Distance Education Unit
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The elephant article was excellent but I also thought the lab on dissecting a flower was broken down so easily, even telling me where to get inexpensive flowers!  This resource helped me teach this challenging standard in an engaging way.  Worth every penny!   Structure and Function NGSS 4-LS1-1 and 4-LS1-2
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As always, Lynda provides perfect alignment with the standards.   Age of the Earth and Geologic Time Scale NGSS MS ESS1-4
Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.

 
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Thank you so much for creating this resource! It is such a fun and engaging activity for my students, especially during distance learning.   Honey Bee Digital Escape Distance Learning
My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.

 
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My students loved this unit. I was able to present different elements of it throughout the month. It is hard to find interesting non-fictional, age-appropriate text for my students that they will enjoy. This was a great unit that aligned well for my students who have very different goals within the same group.   Compare and Contrast Two Texts on Reindeer
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