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Pupils investigate primary and secondary waves and how to measure the magnitude of waves. They discover how to find the epicenter of earthquakes. They examine why waves are more destructive in some areas than others through these activities.
In this waves learning exercise, learners define 23 vocabulary words associated with the different types of waves and how waves are measured. Students complete 23 matching terms with definitions and draw the superposition of two waves shown.
Students explore sound waves. In this sound waves lesson, students brainstorm different sounds and how sounds move or travel. Students then create a KWL chart and work through six different lab activities to examine how sound waves travel through different objects.
Fifth graders look at different types of waves. In this wave lesson, 5th graders find the difference and similarities of electromagnetic and physical waves. They review the components of waves such as crest, trough, wavelength, and wave height.
Physics masters figure out the wavelength of different waves. Looking at a wave graph, they identify different characteristics. Many more problems get them working with both electromagnetic and sound waves. There are a total of 17 multiple choice questions on the topic of waves.
It is called an "UnTest" because it is a practice test for an upcoming exam. In it, your first-year physicists practice solving problems pertaining to wave motion, pendulum period, and moment of inertia. There are eight problems in all and plenty of space is provided for test takers to show their calculations. 
Students discover the properties of waves in Chemistry and Physics. In groups, they develop and build their own device to demonstrate transverse waves. They complete their tests, record the results and discuss the conclusions with the class.
Upper elementary and middle schoolers examine sound waves and then create their own waves. They describe both types of waves and use websites to investigate how sound can be altered. This 14-page plan is chock full of fantastic in-class activities, worksheets, websites, streamed video, and a final test for understanding. Fantastic plan!
Students explain the sun's energy is transferred to Earth by electromagnetic waves. They explain that there are eight main types of electromagnetic waves, classified on the electromagnetic spectrum according to their wavelengths.
Students identify the different parts of a wave. In this physics lesson, students explain how animals communicate using sound waves. They discuss the effect of Navy's sonar on dolphins and whales.
An incredibly colorful PowerPoint presents all the facts and definitions about waves that you could need for beginning physical scientists. There are several useful links to online animations of wave action. This may have been produced by a student, but it is still a nice piece that states the important information clearly and will definitely keep the attention of your class. You may want to prepare a question sheet with a sequence related directly to this slide show.
Light is such a fascinating subject. This lesson does a great job of illuminating the mysteries of light for your young scientists. A series of demonstrations which are explained in the plan should help your charges to understand how light travels in waves, how white light is a combination of all colors, and how different materials are opaque, translucent, or transparent to light. Very good!
In this characteristics of waves worksheet, students answer 9 questions about the structure of waves, the types of waves and the components of waves. They describe the frequency of a wave and calculate the velocity and frequency of waves.
Students study electromagnetic waves and how they are classified.  In this energy instructional activity students complete a tutorial on the computer on the different spectrum's and discuss what they learned. 
Learners examine the basic concepts of radio waves and magnetic fields. They study how the AM radios are built and demonstrate the concepts of amplitude and frequency.
Sixth graders simulate primary and secondary waves. For this earthquakes waves lesson, 6th graders experiment using a slinky to gain understanding of how waves are created during an earthquake. Students record observations in drawings. students research the epicenter of an earthquake. Students write reflections.
Students read and discuss waves and their wavelengths and amplitudes. In this waves lesson plan, students draw the wavelength and amplitude of a wave and discuss tsunamis and storms.
Students explore hearing loss caused by sound waves. In this physical science lesson plan, students will start by learning about waves and wave characteristics and move into sound waves. Students will study how sound effects their hearing and loss of hearing.
The big question is, how do we know about the composition of the earth's core? Sal explains that at 105 degrees from the source point of an earthquake the phenomena of p wave shadow zone leads us to conclude that the waves are traveling through different densities and types of material. The mantle, the crust, and the core of our planet are discussed.
Students investigate the use of electromagnetic waves as it relates to wireless communications. In this physics lesson, students investigate the development of wireless communication and how it is used.

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