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Circuit Electricity STEM Unit with Interactive Notebook Inserts NGSS 4-PS3-2

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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

electric currents.

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:

Asking Questions

Developing and Using Models

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Constructing explanations

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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Total Pages
49 pages
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Teaching Duration
2 Weeks
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of energy.
Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another. Examples of devices could include electric circuits that convert electrical energy into motion energy of a vehicle, light, or sound; and, a passive solar heater that converts light into heat. Examples of constraints could include the materials, cost, or time to design the device. Devices should be limited to those that convert motion energy to electric energy or use stored energy to cause motion or produce light or sound.


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