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Activity: Make Your Own Wave

NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:

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NGSS Disciplinary Core Ideas:


  • Table 4.2



  1. Make your own wave using the blank wave worksheet (Table 4.2).
    1. Draw a wave.
    2. On your wave diagram, include a horizontal and vertical measurement scale in metric units (e.g., meters) along the X- and Y-axes of the worksheet.
  2. Write five problems about your wave and its properties for someone else to answer. See Question Set: Waves and Wave Properties for examples.
    1. Write a problem about wavelength or wave height.
    2. Write a problem about wave speed.
    3. Write a problem about wave period.
    4. Write a problem about wave frequency.
    5. Write a problem about the wave property of your choice.
  3. Create an answer key for your worksheet by answering the questions you wrote on a separate piece of paper.
  4. Trade your wave worksheet and problems with a partner.
    1. Solve the problems on your partner’s worksheet.
    2. Compare your answers to your partner’s answer key. Correct your answers as necessary.


Activity Questions: 
  1. Did creating your own wave worksheet and problems help improve your understanding of waves? Why or why not?
  2. How did your understanding of waves change when you received your partner’s worksheet?

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Exploring Our Fluid Earth, a product of the Curriculum Research & Development Group (CRDG), College of Education. University of Hawaii, 2011. This document may be freely reproduced and distributed for non-profit educational purposes.