Beyond the Slinky

Scholars observe the effects of microwaves before starting a series of eight hands-on investigations. Then they sort waves by wavelengths and learn what connects microwaves to visible light to water waves and more to finish the lesson.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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Instructional Ideas
  • Add the term disambiguation to science journals 
  • Connect the wave spectrum to others they should be familiar with, such as a frequency spectrum or autism spectrum
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a microwave pupils can observe in use
  • Uses only simple materials
  • Includes reminders for the teacher to have a smooth lesson
  • Helps connect many different types of waves with common experiences
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