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Eighth graders plan and conduct experiments of wave relationships. In this wave characteristics lesson, 8th graders conduct controlled investigations to drop objects into water and generate waves. They make measurements and relate the amount of wave energy transfer to wave height and object size.
Twelfth graders stretch and shake a helical coiled spring rapidly with an up and down motion in order to generate wave pulses. They observe the patterns of movement produced in the spring. They read text and watch a video "The Nature of Waves."
In this waves instructional activity, students use the equation for wave speed to calculate frequency or wavelength. This instructional activity has 5 problems to solve.
Sixth graders discover, through exploration, the basic characteristics of waves. After a lecture/demo, 6th graders work in groups and participate in a series of labs where they investigate waves. Each group presents its findings to the class.
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 observe wave movements. In this wave motion lesson, students perform a series of experiments that illustrate the movement of waves though various mediums.
Ninth graders identify the different parts of a wave. In this physics lesson, 9th graders observe wave behavior as it travels through a boundary. They determine the relationship between wavelength, frequency and velocity.
Here is a comprehensive package in which middle schoolers learn about types of seismic waves, triangulation, and tectonic plate boundaries. Complete vocabulary, colorful maps, and a worksheet are included via links on the webpage. You will need to have some Slinky® spring toys on hand to demonstrate P and S waves, and a way to project the accompanying maps. A whole-class activity involves learners lining up with shoulders touching, and having them act out the wave movements.
The scientific explanation of seismic waves is detailed in the introduction. A fictional scenario is also provided for your class to discuss. Pictures and handouts that are meant to be included, however, they are not accessible. Nevertheless, there is plenty of material left to craft a terrific resource on structural hazards, including instructions for building a shake table and activities that can be done with it.
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.
In this waves worksheet, students 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.
This is not revolutionary, but it is informative. Earth science viewers in grades 7-12 get carried away with wave and wind erosion. They view diagrams of how waves impact ocean shorelines. They see examples of the different types of sand dunes and how they are formed. This is a terrific addition to your lesson on weathering and erosion.
Students read first hand accounts of earthquake survivors in order to begin the describe the different types of earthquake waves and the order in which they arrive. They engage in using earthquake waves as a means to indirectly study the Earth's interior.
Learners study waves and their characteristics.  In this wave lesson students calculate the speed of waves, wavelength and the period. 
Students access prior knowledge of infrared rays, ultraviolet rays, gamma rays, x-rays and cosmic waves. In this electromagnetic waves lesson, students hold a mock trial electromagnetic spectrum. Students present characteristics of the various wave types and their position in the spectrum and debate over whether government should control them. Students complete a table to aid in presentations.
Students research and analyze sound waves and how an ultrasound works to image a baby in utero. They explore various websites, complete worksheets, and write a paragraph describing a demonstration they view in the classroom.
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.
Fifth graders sit in their seats with the lights on and then the teacher turns off the lights. After their eyes have adjusted, they vote on what colors of construction paper are being held up. The lights are then turned back on and students discuss what their eyes perceived.
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 observe a series of demonstrations to illustrate wave movement. In this sound wave lesson, students witness how objects create waves when dropped in a dish of water, use a rope and slinky to produce transverse and longitudinal waves, then diagram a wave.

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