Students are familiar with electric motors because they are used in so many household items, but what makes them work? I use this activity to help the students learn about electromagnetism and generating electricity. I use one video on youtube to introduce the topic; while the students are watching the video, they are filling out a video worksheet. After the video is finished, we discuss what they learned. Finally, I have the students read a 4 page article and fill out another worksheet. I recommend using Google forms for the worksheets, but if you prefer to do it with paper I have a document of the questions attached as well.
This activity is perfect for a day when you want the students to do independent work or need a quick sub plan.