This Circuits poster is designed to aide students in understanding that electricity can flow in two different paths; series circuit and parallel circuit. Each part of the circuit is labeled as energy source (battery), output device (lightbulb), and wires. Students should understand that these three components make up any basic circuit. There are variations on circuits; they can contain a motor, buzzer, bell, fan, etc. as the output device instead of a lightbulb.
The Texas TEK (5.6B) is listed within the poster inlcuding if the TEK is a Readiness or Supporting Standard. The verb and nouns are highlighted in a color other than black.
Students should be read the TEK before the lesson begins. The teacher and the students should discuss the TEK; the students need to understand that the verb is what they have to do once the teacher is finished with the lesson. The nouns include, but are not limited to, the vocabulary contained within the lesson.
Once I created the poster, I used a poster maker to blow-up the original size (8.5 x 11) to a true poster size document. I hung the Circuits poster at the front of my class and used this method as the ENGAGE part of my lesson. I allowed students to use the poster as a "cheat" throughout the lesson. Once I was finished with the unit, I took the Circuits poster down to begin a new unit.