Catch the Wave

by: Donna Governor and Denise Webb

The guiding question for this activity is,”How do waves carry energy? Students use recycled water bottles filled with colored water and a type of oil to demonstrate a wave. They will also learn about energy, mechanical waves, and medium. An explanation of the science behind the activity is provided Before beginning this activity, we recommend you read Chapters 9 and 10 which are in this book selection. Chapter 9 is an overview of the section and introduces the format used to present ideas for Family Science Night activities. Chapter 10 explains that these activities are what they call novice level. A materials list, references, safety notes, standards, and teacher background information are provided. This book selection also includes the Table of Contents, Preface, Acknowledgments, About the Authors, Introduction, and Index.


Elementary SchoolMiddle SchoolHigh School

Grade Levels

Elementary Middle School


Earth & Space Science STEM Three-Dimensional Learning


Type Book ChapterPub Date 2/11/2019Pages 34

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