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Electrical Circuits Unit with Hands-on Current Electricity Activities

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
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Kids learn about current electricity with hands-on activities! In addition to building simple, series, and parallel circuits, third, fourth, or fifth grade students explore electrical insulators, conductors, and resistors. This unit includes lesson plans, lab sheets, review, assessment, extensions, and video links.

Basic Concepts Explored:

  • Current electricity travels in a circuit.
  • Parts include an energy source, load, conductors, and a switch.
  • Closed allow electrons to flow; open do not.
  • Metals are good conductors.
  • Resistors limit the flow of electrons. Therefore, electrical energy is converted to light and heat.
  • Series circuits have only one path; therefore, when one load (bulb) is removed, others go out too. Parallel have two paths; therefore, when one load is removed, others stay on.

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Enjoy Teaching!

Brenda Kovich

Total Pages
48 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.


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