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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.
Sixth graders are introduced to waves through a concept map scavenger hunt.
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 worksheet, students use the equation for wave speed to calculate frequency or wavelength. This worksheet 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 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.
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.
A few definitions related to waves open this slide show. Note that the information only covers light waves even though the title mentions sound. Correct the title before using this resource. Another mention is a set of photos of a class project, which you can delete. Making these alterations will leave you with a very colorful and impactful lesson on the electromagnetic spectrum, reflection, refraction, color, uses of light, and more!
In this waves worksheet, students define different terms associated with wave properties such as amplitude, wavelength, frequency, and period. This worksheet has 10 short answer questions.
During a lesson on wave motion, physical science participants basically act out the waves as a group. Through their movements, the amplitude, speed, frequency, and wavelength are all identified. Ideas for modeling the reflection and seismic waves are also suggested. What a splendid method of getting middle schoolers involved in the lesson!
Students study waves and their characteristics.  In this wave lesson students calculate the speed of waves, wavelength and the period. 
Learners access prior knowledge of infrared rays, ultraviolet rays, gamma rays, x-rays and cosmic waves. For this electromagnetic waves lesson, students hold a mock trial electromagnetic spectrum. Learners 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.
You could call this five presentations rolled into one resource! The first topic of concern is the characteristics of electromagnetic waves.The electromagnetic spectrum is examined next, followed by the behavior of light. Several slides are dedicated to color, and even optical illusions are introduced. This may be one of the most comprehensive collections of slides on the topic of electromagnetic waves that you will come across! Use it when introducing high school physical science starters to this brilliant topic!
Students observe a series of demonstrations to illustrate wave movement. In this sound wave activity, 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.
In this types of waves instructional activity, students will read 9 types of waves and classify them as either mechanical, electromagnetic, transverse, or compressional waves. Then students will label two wave diagrams with the 8 kinds of waves represented in the diagram.
In this harmonic waves worksheet, students review the characteristics of harmonic traveling waves by solving 5 different problems.
Students examine the many types of electromagnetic waves, the concept of an EM wave, how James Clerk Maxwell proposed a slight modification of the equations of electricity, Heinrich Hertz and his radio-frequency, wavelengths, and light emission.
Ninth graders observe the behavior of circular and straight waves as they reflect off a solid boundary. In this physical science instructional activity, 9th graders create a poster showing wave behavior with correct labels. They make at least three generalization about wave reflection.

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