This no-prep product is all of the notes, labs, activities, practices, and tests you need to teach your waves unit in your physical science class. Content covered includes nature and properties of waves, wave speed, frequency, wavelength, and period calculations, behaviors of waves, electromagnetic spectrum, and digital transmission. Links to video lectures are included for all notes. All assessments are differentiated for two levels – CP and Honors. Because it is all-inclusive, it is especially perfect for new teachers, maternity leave, and teachers wanting to try out a flipped classroom!
This is Unit 5 in my Physical Science Curriculum Full Year Bundle.
You can buy this unit for 20% off if you purchase as a part of my full year bundle.
What content is covered in this unit?
• Nature of mechanical and electromagnetic waves
• Parts of transverse and longitudinal waves
• Properties including amplitude, frequency, wavelength, period, and speed
• Calculations of wave speed, frequency, wavelength, and period
• Behaviors including reflection, refraction, diffraction, absorption, interference, and resonance
• Electromagnetic spectrum
• Digital transmission
• Doppler effect, seeing color, and lenses (Honors only)
What is included?
encourage you to download the 18-page preview for this product. It will give you the best idea of what all is included – because there is so much in this! In short:
• 10 pages of teacher implementation notes
• Editable unit plans for 50-minute and 90-minute classes
• Two 21 and 24-page student packets (one for CP and one for Honors) that include:
• Unit outline with objectives and vocabulary terms for each concept covered for students to use to make their own study guides from
• Notes outlines for each of the three main concepts in Cornell Note format
• Real World Waves: Rogue Waves and Earthquakes (uses QR codes!)
• Lab Station/Task Card Activity for Exploring Behaviors of Waves (inquiry based)
• Nature, Properties, and Behaviors Crossword Puzzle Activity
• Research Activity: Electromagnetic Waves and Digital Transmission
• 7 pages of practice handouts
• 5 fully animated PowerPoints of notes – 71 slides – with teaching tips, embedded examples, and editable text
• Links to YouTube video lectures for each of the PowerPoint notes – perfect for absent students or flipped classrooms!
• 2 quizzes and 2 unit tests with multiple choice, open response, answer sheets, and detailed answer keys (CP and Honors)
What Next Generation Science Standards are covered?
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.
HS-PS4-1: Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships among the frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media.
HS-PS4-2: Evaluate questions about advantages of using a digital transmission and storage of information.
HS-PS4-4: Evaluate the validity and reliability of claims in published materials of the effects that different frequencies of electromagnetic radiation have when absorbed by matter.
HS-PS4-5: Communicate technical information about how some technological devices use the principles of wave behavior and wave interactions with matter to transmit and capture information and energy.
What types of files are included?
When you download this product you will receive a zip file with 5 folders of files. Most of the documents in this product are secured PDF’s, meaning you can print them but not copy or edit the text. Editable versions are only included for the unit plans, quizzes, tests and some aspects of the activities for you to customize for your classroom. The PowerPoint lecture notes also have editable text. This is to protect the copyright and intellectual property of my own work, plus the work of many dedicated clip artists that are included in this product. If you have questions about this, please don’t hesitate to email me with them!
Why use a “packet” instead of an interactive notebook?
I started creating packets for my students five years ago, and I love them so much more than Interactive Notebooks. While interactive notebooks are great resources, and I totally respect the teachers who use them, I have found the Packet strategy to be a more appropriate and efficient tool for use in the secondary classroom setting. I love using the packet for many reasons.
1. I only have to make copies one time each unit instead of copying handouts every day. Even though it takes a while to copy the packets for each student, it saves so much time on the day to day. (Also the last three years I’ve recruited seniors to be my “Teacher’s Aide” and have trained them to copy all of my packets for me. I haven’t seen a copier in three years and it’s glorious )
2. It puts responsibility back on the students to maintain their physical science binder with their packet, while also aiding them in practicing organization skills. It has been incredibly effective for my lower level students. Even though it is a lot of papers at once, I can watch them put it in their binder and leave it there, rather than having to hang on to 100 individual papers passed out each day.
3. It makes it so easy to be absent last minute. If you or your child gets sick, sub plans are a breeze. You don’t have to send your teacher neighbor to make copies for you – because your students have everything they need already. You just have to tell the sub which pages the students need to work on.
4. The structure is more suited to what students will be doing in college – and one of our goals as secondary teachers should be to prepare our students for college. The packet helps students learn how to structure notes (I give students Cornell-style note outlines for each concept – more on that later) which I have found helps provide scaffolding for them to be able to write notes all on their own in later high school years.
5. Time saver in so many ways – no more time wasted regularly passing out handouts, or having to cut and paste things into A notebook.
6. Students do a better job keeping up with returned graded work because every page is numbered so they can put graded assignments right back into the packet where it came from.
7. You no longer need a filing cabinet – you can keep all of your curriculum and keys organized in binders for easy transport to and from your classroom!
Why should I use this product in my classroom?
Designing curriculum for an entire unit that is engaging, activity-based, and standard-aligned can be exhausting. I’ve spent over 5 years creating this curriculum and have had amazing results. I had a 96% pass rate on the State standardized End-of-Course exam for Non-Honors students and a 100% pass rate for honors students. This was at a South Carolina Public School with over 50% of the students being below the poverty line. My average score on the EOC (all 200+ students combined that I taught over 2 years) was a 90%. I believe this success is due to multiple factors, but I attribute a lot of it to the packet curriculum I have designed. Honestly, I could go on and on about the packet as a resource and why I love it so much, but I think you will find as you use it that you will fall in love with it too. Last but not least, this product comes with links to video lectures for each set of notes. This resource + all of the detailed lesson plans makes this product perfect for teachers new to this subject, going on maternity leave for a long-term sub, or using a flipped classroom strategy.
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Looking for complementary resources?
My daily bell ringers and vocabulary review games are not included in this product, but you can find them for this unit by clicking below!
• Waves Daily Bell Ringers or Exit Slips
• Waves Vocabulary Review Game
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