What Is a "Wave"?

Take a stretch, but don't wave goodbye. An interesting resource provides everything needed to present an introductory lesson plan on waves. Teachers present a PowerPoint defining the types of waves and their characteristics. Pupils use a Slinky to model waves and calculate their frequency and then show what they have learned with a waves quiz.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Ask class members to create graphic organizers with diagrams of waves and label their characteristics
Classroom Considerations
  • One of four lessons devoted to sound waves
  • Requires six 10-foot areas to use when creating waves with a Slinky
  • Contains answer keys for the quiz and worksheet
  • Includes objectives for the lesson to make the purpose clear
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