Light vs. Sound Waves Lab Stations Activity

Light vs. Sound Waves Lab Stations Activity
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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory does not address a specific Next Generation Science Standard, but it complements concepts related to other NGSS. This lab combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Sound vs. Light Waves Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Compare and contrast light and sound wave properties.
2. Analyze data so to compare the speed of sound and light waves and how the speed of sound and light waves changes in different mediums.
3. Analyze data so to explain how changes in the properties of a light and sound wave impact the energy carried by the waves.
4. Discuss how changing the amplitude and frequency of light and sound waves impacts observable features of the waves.
5. Evaluate solutions (fiber optic cables) that use light waves to communicate sound waves across long distances.

Science Skills Station
Students will study the speed of light and sound waves at this station. Students will complete a graphing activity to study how the speed of a light wave and sound wave is impacted by the density through which the wave travels. Students will complete a second activity to compare the speed of sound and light wave. They will apply the information in this activity to explain the observation of thunder and lightning.

Narrative Station
Students will read about light and sound waves and use information in the passage to compare the properties of light and sound waves. Students will be provided with graphs to explain how changes in the properties of light and sound waves impact the energy carried by the waves. They will also use graphics to explain how changes in the frequency and amplitude of light and sound waves impact their observable features.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas about sound and light waves. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will evaluate the use of light waves (electromagnetic waves) in the communication of sound waves. Specifically, students will study the engineering of telecommunication technologies that allow individuals who are thousands of miles apart to speak with each other. Students will also consider how modern communication would be impacted without these technologies and scientific and economic limitations to improving aspects of these technologies.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Suggestions for projects that are best suited for this particular lab are included. It is up to the teacher to control this portion of the lab, and thus, the higher-order skills utilized in this activity. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
2 Computers or tablets
Colored pencils

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
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Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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Total Pages
38 pages
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Teaching Duration
1 hour
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