Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding What are Waves? - Section 3: Explore

 

I choose to use stations for the exploration part of this lesson in order to help students visualize what waves look like.  Since students can't see waves, physical science can be somewhat problematic for students to understand unifying ideas.  While students know that waves exist and carry energy, it is still a very abstract term for students to grasp. Using stations in order to students to really "dig in" and make connections with familiar objects was an important part of this lesson.  Using stations in my classroom also  sets a clear purpose and focus. Students know that when they complete one activity they can seamlessly travel to another station that is available. Having multiple stations that are the same also allows students to return to a station if time allows. 

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What are Waves?

Unit 3: Waves
Lesson 1 of 11

Objective: SWBAT understand that waves carry energy, and explore different types of waves.

Big Idea: In this hands on lesson, students work at several stations using every day ordinary objects in order to gain an understanding of different types of waves and their properties.

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Science, Waves, Energy (Physical Science), longitudinal waves, water wave, sound waves, light wave, refraction (Light), inquiry, hands on, transversal waves, slinky, wave video
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