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Waves and Mathematical Thinking – Middle School Science Unit NGSS MS PS4-1

Do you need a little help covering NGSS MS PS4-1 in your middle school science class?

This complete unit on waves and mathematical thinking will save you tons of time and energy and will keep your students engaged!

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Students will use computational thinking to analyze the properties of waves. They will learn that the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave.

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This COMPLETE unit begins with a Powerpoint slide show (with strategic note taking guide).

waves and mathematical thinking

I used this for the eighth grade Utah SEEd. It is a great resource and aligns well. The slide show was great for teaching concepts and the students loved the easy to do labs!

Cathy D.
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This LARGE unit contains a variety of activities – reading passages, labs, response pages, interactive notebook flaps, a STEM engineering activity, a quiz, and answer keys for everything!

waves and mathematical thinking

Aligned with NGSS MS PS4-1 and Utah SEEd 8.2.4.

My standards-aligned units will always help you cover everything that you are required to!

MS PS4-1: Use mathematical representations to describe a simple model for waves that includes how the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave. 

Utah SEEd 8.2.4: Use computational thinking to describe a simple model for waves that shows the pattern of wave amplitude being related to wave energy. Emphasize describing waves with both quantitative and qualitative thinking. Examples could include using graphs, charts, computer simulations, or physical models to demonstrate amplitude and energy correlation. (PS4.A)

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I loved this unit on waves. Great information and a nice mix of activities. The reading passages and the slide show were awesome and the students loved the lab!

Edith J.
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Great comprehensive unit for middle school science. It went well with the standards and there were a variety of activities to seal the learning. Thank you!

Wendy P.
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The interactive notebook flaps are sure to keep your students engaged!

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