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Students will learn about current electricity in this unit. Students will make an electrical circuit and learn the difference between a closed circuit and an open circuit. They will learn how to make an electrical switch using STEM engineering skills. They will learn about conductors and insulators.Includes reading passages on current electricity. This 4th grade hands-on science unit comes complete with five 5 E Inquiry based lessons, flaps and folds for interactive notebooks, response pages, and an informational text article on current electricity.
This unit is aligned with NGSS for 4th grade
NGSS 4-PS3-2. Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and
NGSS 4-PS3-4. Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another
NGSS 3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify
aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.
Also aligned with Utah SEEd
Utah SEEd 4.2.3
Plan and carry out an investigation to gather evidence from observations that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electrical currents. Examples could include sound causing objects to vibrate and electric currents being used to produce moon or light.
Utah SEEd 4.2.4
Apply scientific ideas to design a solution that converts energy from one form to another. Define the problem, identify criteria and constraints, develop a prototype for iterative testing, analyze data from testing, and propose modifications for optimizing the solution.
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices Students Will Use Include:
Developing and Using Models
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Engaging in argument from evidence
Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts addressed include:
Cause and Effect
Scale, Proportion, and Quantify
System and System Models
Structure and Function
Stability and Change
Through STEM challenges your students will learn about closed circuits and open circuits, how to make an electrical switch, how circuit electricity works, how to make a series circuit and a parallel circuit and they will also learn that some objects insulate form electricity and some conduct electricity.
The materials you will need to provide are inexpensive such as small light bulb, electrical wire, D cell battery paper clips and brads.
This unit comes with many interesting flaps and folds for interactive notebooks designed especially for this unit.
For NGSS 4th Grade
Next Generation Science Standards
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