Develop a model of waves
Develop a model of waves

Develop a model of waves

I can describe waves, explain how they cause objects to move, and demonstrate...

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General

In this lesson, students will learn that waves are all around them. They will participate with the class as they listen to soundwaves, while everyone remains silent. They will learn what a wave is and how waves relate to their daily lives. Next, they will learn how waves can cause objects to move. Students practice categorizing waves based on whether or not the wave requires a medium to transfer energy. The class will create a simple wave using a rope tied to a fixed object. Students will draw a simple wave and label the parts of the simple wave. The lesson ends with a fun team activity in which students match vocabulary definitions to meanings.

Standards

4-PS4-1

Learning Objective

Students will be able to describe waves, explain how they cause objects to move, and demonstrate how they travel using a model.

Introduction

Explore the world of waves with your students as they learn that waves are all around them. They will participate with the class in listening to soundwaves, while everyone remains silent. They will learn what a wave is and how they relate to their daily lives.

Instruction

Explain the definition of a wave and how waves can cause objects to move. Describe how waves travel and define medium. Show students how to categorize waves based on whether or not the wave requires a medium to transfer energy. Create a simple wave with your students, using a rope tied to a fixed object. Have students draw a simple wave and label the parts of the simple wave.

Quiz

Students respond to ten multiple-choice and true/false questions.

Closing

Divide the class into two teams. Have them play the matching game using the terms and definitions from this lesson.

Materials

You will need a length of rope or heavy cord to create a model of a wave.

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