“SL4 – War of Currents Curriculum – Electricity” helps students better understand the difference between direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) by studying the War of Currents. This historical battle was fought between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse, and each wanted their favorite form of electric power to be adopted by the American people. The reading sheet for this lesson was created to help fourth-grade students understand more about electricity.
In this curriculum set, you will get
1) Lesson plans (4 to 5 days)
2) Reading sheet created for fourth-grade readers
3) Deeper level thinking class discussion questions
4) Comprehension questions and a study guide related to AC and DC power
5) Class activity that explores how to make a simple DC motor
6) Worksheet that helps students sort the timeline for AC and DC firsts
7) Inquiry questions for students to explore more about AC and DC power
8) Vocabulary worksheet
9) Reading and Writing worksheet that helps student consider the benefit electricity is to their lives
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This curriculum meets the following Common Core Standards for fourth grade:
Reading Standards for Informational Text - Standard No. 4.1
- Students are asked to "refer to details and examples in a text when explaining what the text says explicitly and when drawing inferences from the text" in the deeper level thinking class discussion questions.
Reading Standards for Informational Text - Standard No. 4.2
- In the study guide comprehension questions, students are asked to "summarize the text." Teachers are given a summary in the teacher's guide.
Reading Standards for Informational Text – Standard No. 4.3
- Through the study guide questions and game card questions, students are asked to “explain . . . concepts in a historical, scientific” text that focuses on the battle of currents.
Reading Standards for Informational Text - Standard No. 4.4
- Through the vocabulary worksheet, students are asked to "determine the meaning of general academic” words.
Reading Standards for Informational Text – Standard No. 4.5
- In this lesson’s worksheet over the War of Currents, students are asked to “describe the overall structure,” of this event by sorting which historical items are AC-power and DC-power related. In addition, the study guide has them compare the good and bad components of AC power and DC power.
Reading Standards for Informational Text – Standard No. 4.7
- In order for students to be able to complete the lesson’s worksheet, they have to be able to “interpret information presented visually” through the use of a time line in the reading sheet.
Writing Standards - Standard No. 4.7
- The inquiry questions help students "conduct short research projects that build knowledge through investigation of different aspects of a topic" on a topic related to the story.
“SL4 – War of Currents Curriculum – Electricity” is copyrighted (c) 2013 by S. Kay Seifert. All rights reserved. No part of this material (in part or as a whole) may be altered. Teachers and parents may use this material for students in the classroom or at home, reproducing student sheets for personal use. This curriculum may not be commercially reproduced for print, electronic, or other formats and/or platforms, and may not be distributed electronically or commercially, unless written permission is given by S. Kay Seifert.