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Julian Springer Lesson Plan 10/01/18

Field Study Teacher: Julian Springer School: Big Picture School

Grade Level: High School Number of Students in Class: 13
Unit: Your Brain on Music Lesson Duration: 55 mins
Day, Date, and Time of Lesson: 9/28/18
1. Objective(s):

Students will learn about waves and their propagation through different mediums. Specifically we
will focus on water and sound wave propagation.

In this lesson, students will teach the rest of the class about one specific feature of waves, and
demonstrate their understanding through their 5 minute presentation (refraction, diffraction,
frequency, wavelength, amplitude, transverse waves, longitudinal waves, surface waves,
constructive and destructive interference, doppler effect).

By monday students will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the above concepts by
filling out a worksheet on the material.
2. Colorado Academic Standards:

Content Area:



High School, Standard 1. Physical Science

Prepared Graduates:

4. Students can use the full range of science and engineering practices to make sense of natural
phenomena and solve problems that require understanding how waves are used to transfer energy
and information.

Grade Level Expectation:

10. Waves have characteristic properties and behaviors.

Evidence Outcomes:

a. Use mathematical representations to support a claim regarding relationships among the
frequency, wavelength, and speed of waves traveling in various media. (HS-PS4-1) (Clarification
Statement: Examples of data could include electromagnetic radiation traveling in a vacuum and
glass, sound waves traveling through air and water, and seismic waves traveling through the
Earth.) (Boundary Statement: Limited to algebraic relationships and describing those relationships
3. Learning Target(s): 

I will understand how waves propagate, through and interact with, different mediums and
Julian Springer Lesson Plan 10/01/18

4. Assessment: 


Class will start with a check in on how students understand wave function.

Students will demonstrate their understanding of one aspect of waves through their presentations.


Presentations will be peer graded for completeness and understanding of concepts. They will also
be graded as an assignment.

Homework will consist of a series of questions testing students on each of the aspects of how
waves function and propagate.
5. Materials: 

Whiteboard and markers

Projector for presentations

Handout for peer assessment

Handout for homework
6. Essential Questions or Big Picture Statement: 

How do waves propagate?

What happens when a wave gets to an interface with another medium?

How do the frequency, amplitude, wavelength, and speed effect how a wave behaves?
7. Introduction/Anticipatory Set:

Once we understand how waves travel through matter, we can understand the world around us;
from music, to light, to earthquakes and the radio, waves are all around us and they define how we
interact with each other and the world.
8. Step-by-Step Lesson Process:

Introduction and Check-in:

Assess how students are doing, and how they feel about their presentations and knowledge
coming in to the class. Explain rubric for peer assessment. Hand out assessment sheets. Assign
order of presentations.

Students will present for 5 minutes, 2 minutes for questions

Follow up:

Teacher will cover any inconsistencies or gaps in presented knowledge so all students are starting
with a basic knowledge of waves

Homework will be assigned. Students will have 5-10 minutes to ask questions and explain
difficulties, or to start on the homework assignments.
9. Differentiation

Students will present, interact, and peer review each other.

We will have independent work time for homework, with assistance from peers or the instructor.

Homework will be take home so students can seek help, or do personal research. It will also
consist of core questions and bonus questions (material not presented on in class) that students can
tackle on their own to increase their understanding or get a head start on the rest of the unit.

Presentations can take many different forms: powerpoint, spoken, written on the board, video, etc.

Peer review will allow students to analyze their peer’s work.