This is an 11 lesson unit that addresses all of the Waves: Light and Sound Performance Expectations. It includes a parent letter, 11 lessons, 5 assessments and multiple, explicit connections to other content areas.
From the unit description:
During the study of light and sound waves students will develop their science skills through inquiry, prediction, observation, exploration, discussion and recording. These lessons focus on students collaboratively problem solving, discovering and investigating to find answers and solutions. They will answer questions such as; What happens when materials vibrate? What objects can be used to communicate over a distance? What happens when light is blocked or when materials of different kinds are placed in the path of a beam of light? Each lesson includes Science and Engineering Practices, Disciplinary Core Ideas and Crosscutting Concepts which are a part of Next Generation Science Standards. These lessons were designed to allow students to make their own predictions and observations while testing and recording their findings. The lessons were planned using the 5-E Learning Cycle Model. Each lesson is broken down into the following categories; Engage, Explore, Explain, Extend and Evaluate. The lessons may take 1-2 thirty minute sessions. Suggestions are included as to how to break the lessons down. Each lesson contains pertinent information to assure that all of the standards are addressed. Student journal pages are included after each lesson. There are 3 performance assessments included in the student journal. Make sure to keep the student journals until those have been recorded on the final assessment page.