This is a lab activity during which students will collect data about whether common items (pencils, paper clips, etc.) are conductors or insulators. They set up a circuit with a battery, a flashlight bulb, and wires and then place the different items into the circuit to see if the bulb still lights.
I use this activity during my unit on energy, but it could also be used to support a unit on electricity or the scientific method.
Included in the pdf file is a page of teacher notes and two pages of student lab sheets (directions, data collection, and conclusion questions). An answer key is provided but the answers will vary depending on the materials you choose to have students test.
*Please Note* Basic materials are required for this lab activity including: C or D cell batteries, flashlight bulbs, insulated wiring (such as stereo wiring), alligator clips, and multiple items to test. These can be found inexpensively at retail stores or online.
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