Making Waves
by Carol Prest

Task:
Students will create wave bottles that represent the waves found on Narragansett Beach. They will then choose a cubing activity to demonstrate their understanding of form and function of waves.


Differentiation:
Using a cubing activity students will choose an activity of interest to show their understanding of the form and function of waves.

Specific Standards:
Social Studies:
•Locate and distinguish among varying landforms and geographic features, such as mountains, plateaus, islands, and oceans.
•Describe and speculate about physical system changes, such as seasons, cimate and weather, and the water cycle.

Materials:
chart paper
two liter soda bottles
•blue food coloring
•sand
•shells
•newspaper
•Cubing activities may require crayons, paints, computer with access to the internet, paper, and books about the ocean.
•tape recorder and tape of waves

Process:
Day 1-

1. Tell students that they are going to listen to some sounds. As studens close their eyes play the tape with the sound of waves crashing. Ask students to pretend that they are on the beach listening to the waves. Have them open their eyes and ask, “What kinds of things did you hear?” Tell students to describe using waves using their five senses. Then brainstorm lists to describe how a waves smells, looks, tastes, feels, and sounds. Write on chart paper.
2. Make wave bottles. Each student receives a soda bottle, shells and sand to place inside of their bottles. Fill the bottle half way with water, put in a few drops of blue food coloring, then add the sand and shells.
3. Students try wave bottles. Then discuss with students how waves are formed and how they function.
Day 2-
Students choose an activity from the cube to further develop their understanding of the form and function of waves. (See attached cubing activity.)
Assessment: Students will present their activity to the class and teacher will use checklist.