Save time with this complete unit that covers the Middle School NGSS MSPS4 standards. Specially designed to align with the NGSS standards this complete bundle on waves is packed with engaging and interactive activities. This pack covers the following standards for MSPS4:
MS-PS4-1. Use mathematical representations to describe a simple model for waves that includes how the amplitude of a wave is related to the energy in a wave.
MS-PS4-2. Develop and use a model to describe that waves are reflected, absorbed, or transmitted through various materials.
MS-PS4-3. Integrate qualitative scientific and technical information to support the claim that digitized signals are a more reliable way to encode and transmit information than analog signals.
65+ slide powerpoint covering:
Introduction to waves
Types of waves
Transverse and longitudinal waves
Compression and rarefraction, seismic waves
Anatomy of a wave
Energy of a wave
Energy is proportional to amplitude
Energy and frequency
Sound waves need a medium
Sound waves - -reflection, echoes, sonar
Sound waves - absorption
Sound waves - interference, constructive, destructive
Sound waves - pitch and frequency
Sound waves - amplitude and loudness
Sound waves - doppler effect
Light travels in straight lines
Light - reflection, refraction
Light - converging, diverging lenses
Light - transmission, transparent, translucent
Light - color, frequency, wavelength
Light - how we see color
Light - amplitude
LIGHT and Sound INB Pages
✔ Properties of Light Comic - With these comics students read a supplied text and then make their own comic using the images supplied. A differentiated version is included. This will really let their creativity loose!
✔ Let's Reflect Comic - concave and convex mirrors, periscopes
✔ Let's Refract Comic - this focuses (!) on concave and convex lenses and their uses
✔ Worksheets and Foldables
✔ Good Vibrations! - With these comics students read a supplied text and then make their own comic using the images supplied. A differentiated version is included. This will really let their creativity loose!
✔ Sound Waves Comic - amplitude, frequency, ultrasound
✔ Reflected Sound Comic - echoes, echo location, sonar
✔ Decibel range
✔ Worksheets and Foldables
This comprehensive Middle School Science bellringers/warmups pack on MS-PS4 Waves is designed to align with the NGSS Middle School MS-PS4 standards. There are 18 days worth of bellringers in this pack with answer guidelines. These Waves warm-ups / bell ringers are a great way to start your class and reinforce the days activities. The questions have been carefully designed to get them thinking!
Digital and Analog Signals Labs/Science Centre/Science Stations
This pack contains 6 activities that can be used individually as is or combined to make science stations (signage is included).
The activities are:
1. Watch It - in this activity the students are asked to watch Youtube videos on analog and digital and answer questions on their understanding of the terminology.
This is ideal as preparatory homework for the next activity Read It! which compliments this activity.
2. Read It! - This activity should take one class. Students should be familiar with the concept of waves, amplitude and frequency. Read It! combines science and literacy. Just print the 2 page handout and distribute to the students who can read and work quietly on this activity for the class. There are 8 questions on the handout and the students should write the answers to these in their science journals. You could give this as homework or use as a sub-plan as well.
3. Sort It! - The students must sort the items into either analog or digital. Then they must pick 2 from each list and give reasons as to why they are on that list.
4. Digitize It! -The purpose of this activity is to give the student an appreciation for the different types of digitized educational media available online.
5. Tech It! - At this station the students will use both analog and digital techniques to find the temperature and pH of some common items. They will record their results in a table and compare both techniques.
6. Sample It! - This is a lovely activity that shows the students simply and visually how analog sound is sampled and converted into a digital signal.
Labs included are:
Lab 1 - Make A Wave - Students make a model of a wave using everyday household items and experiment and explore the properties of the wave
Lab 2 - Light Travels in Straight Lines - includes a background worksheet, lab and CER questions
Lab 3 - Light and Sound Reflection Lab - includes a background worksheet, lab and CER questions
Lab 4 - Light Refraction Lab - the background work for this is for students to read an article about the archer fish before completing the lab
Lab 5 - Interactive Wave Simulator Lab - this is a fantastic online resource that compliments (or you could use this to replace) the first lab on making a wave. Students will go to the link on the handout and experiment with changing the frequency and amplitude of a wave and answer questions on this. This could also be given as a homework assignment.
There are links to online video resources that will help reinforce the concepts taught.
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