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Electricity | Critical Thinking Challenges

Brain Ninjas
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Grade Levels
4th - 6th
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Pages
29 pages
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Description

Encourage your students to show you what they have learned about electricity with these six open-ended problem solving challenges for mechanisms that use electricity. It's STEM for your science unit!

This highly engaging product includes:

  • teacher instructions
  • student task posters
  • student planning pages (for individuals and groups)
  • self-assessment pages (for individuals and groups)
  • marking guide
  • rubric for mechanisms, skills, attitudes and group work
  • a few hints to make modifications (without extra prep) for a variety of student needs
  • photographs and diagrams of student examples

Hints for marking strategies are included with examples. The "answers" to the challenges are not included as these tasks are meant to focus on the process not the "answer."

These tasks require students to have access to electrical components to build circuits. Materials needed are: batteries, light bulbs, bulb holders, battery holders, wires. General materials include tin foil, paper clips, metal fasteners, clothes pins, cardboard and tape (lots of tape).

As these are open-ended tasks, there are not specific lists of materials with each task as students need to choose their own materials for their mechanism.

The challenges include:

  • Can YOU Make It Light?: Build a basic closed circuit (the concept is open and closed circuits).
  • Light My House: Build a circuit that lights two different rooms at two different levels of brightness (the concept is the use of resistors).
  • Build a Classroom Alarm: Build an alarm that goes off when the door is open (the concepts is building a switch).
  • Light My Yard: Create a string of lights for the front of a house that stays lit when one bulb is removed (the concepts is parallel circuits).
  • The Wandering Student Alarm: Build an alarm that goes off when a student stands up from their seat (the concept is building a switch).
  • The Two-Way Switch: Build a circuit that controls a light from two different switches (the concepts is building a two-way switch).

This product has been classroom tested with several groups of fifth grade students. It kept them VERY busy and challenged them. It's a classroom favourite!

This product aligns with:

  • the Alberta Program of Studies-Grade 5 Science (Electricity and Magnetism)

This product supports:

  • any basic electricity unit

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What our customers have said about this product:

***Excellent! I used for unit assessments and it was perfect! Great details throughout and wonderful challenges! (Thank you Julia C!)

***Fantastic opportunity to also include STEM! (Thank you Charlene C!)

Thank you for your consideration! Happy critical thinking from the Brain Ninjas!

Total Pages
29 pages
Answer Key
Rubric only
Teaching Duration
4 days
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