Are your students having trouble differentiating between the 3 main behaviors of waves? (Reflection, Refraction, Diffraction) Do they need some real life examples of where these exist? If so, then these task cards may be just what they need to help them learn.
Three cards have the main behaviors of waves (i.e. Reflection) on them. The other cards have characteristics and examples. The students start by identifying the cards with the 3 main behaviors and then work to match each card with the correct behavior. This is not a simple one to one match. Each wave behavior should be matched to 5-6 other cards. This makes the matching more challenging and gives students more information about each type of wave behavior. There are 24 cards in this activity.
These cards can be used for individual students or matching manipulatives for groups of two to four students. The cards are created on PowerPoint slides so you can use the slideshow in class as an answer key or even post the cards on your classroom word wall. Once the students have the cards matched up, they can use the included student graphic organizer to take notes on each of the main wave behaviors. Instructions for how to do the activity are included.
Get up, Get active, and Get your vocab on!
Grades: Middle School, High School
Subjects: Physical Science, Physics, Homeschool
Keywords and concepts: Reflection, Refraction, Diffraction, wavelength, frequency, wave speed, direction of wave, bending of waves