Types of Waves Teacher Resources
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In this lesson, 7th graders relate colors to wavelengths of light; explain how we see colors and describe types of waves and their technological applications. Students go through a tour and answers questions to the quiz as they go through the tour.
Every topic under the sun is covered in this New York State Regents High School Examination. With the focus of earth science, participants answer 85 quesitons about the solar system, geologic time, rocks and minerals, landforms, and more! An entire year's earth science curriculum is assessed by taking this exam.
Mr. Khan uses a metaphor of a car to help explain the change in direction of waves as they hit a boundary between two mediums. He then goes on to explain the relationship between the structure and density of the earth and the behavior of waves after an earthquake.
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.
Use a video on seismic waves to explain the differences between s and p waves, as well as the details that they provide about the composition of the rock.
Sal details the chemical and mechanical makeup of the crust, mantle, and core layers of the earth. A strong addition to your geology or earth science lecture.
This short video explains the two types of waves involved in sound wave propagation. Very simplistic computer animations support the verbal explanation. You could embed this video into your high school physics PowerPoint or SmartBoard lesson.
It is not a unique or exciting instructional activity, but rather the typical demonstrations of transverse and longitudinal waves. Use a rope for modeling transverse waves, and a plastic coil or spring toy for longitudinal waves. Where this resource may most come in handy, is if you are teaching waves for the first time or need a refresher. The background information and instructional activity procedure are explained quite well.
Pair physical science learners up, and have one describe a transverse wave while the other blindly attempts to draw it. Then reveal an actual diagram and explain the different parts of the wave: crest, trough, wavelength. Though most of the links in the resource lead to nowhere, there is one that displays an adjustable wave simulation for learners to experiment with. This unique activity can serve as the anticipatory activity to your unit on wave motioin.
Students study about the different types of UV rays and how they can protect themselves against their harmful effects. They explain how to interpret the UV index in order to plan the best time to participate in outdoor activities
Plumb the depths of the Submarine Ring of Fire and explore seismic waves with this lesson plan. Junior geologists simulate s-waves and p-waves, calculate their speeds, and then apply the data to discover the material that makes up inner Earth. Detailed directions, student handouts, and internet resources provide everything you need to present a memorable lesson plan on seismology.
Students 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.
Learners study the main methods to measure earthquakes; the Richter Scale and Mercalli Scale. They make a model of a seismograph and investigate which structural designs are most likely to survive an earthquake.
Students explore how waves behave when hitting a barrier. In this physical science lesson, students act out these wave behavior in class. They study a local map and identify areas with barriers that can influence wave propagation.
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.
Students show how earthquakes affect sea waves. In this tidal waves lesson students use a rubber mallet on a table to create waves in a box on top of the table. They experiment with striking the mallet in different locations on the table. They draw pictures of what they saw.
Students research and describe the causes of earthquakes and identify where earthquakes are likely to occur. They view videos, explore interactive software and use Silly Putty and sugar cubes to illustrate the forces at work behind an earthquake.
Students predict and test how the effects of velocity and force of an object or air on water affect the waves created. They diagram a water park ride using their knowledge of these effects to create their desired outcomes.
In this wave worksheet, students use Slinky's to observe the properties of waves. They observe longitudinal waves, transverse waves, traveling waves and standing waves and record their observations. They calculate the frequency and velocity of the waves and answer 3 questions about their data.
Young scholars explore different natural and manmade disasters through a webquest. In this earth science lesson, students explain their causes. They also discuss how disasters affect society.