Hands-on is the only way to learn about how and why electricity works is to dive in with hands on learning! This resource supports you in the materials you need to teach and reinforce electricity concepts in elementary school.
Included in the pack are:
⚡ Vocabulary cards for 10 basic electricity vocabulary words along with a blank vocabulary poster so that you are able to add any vocabulary words unique to your state or district.
⚡ 3 electricity lesson plans and materials to carry out those lessons. The first lesson strives to answer the question “How can we light a bulb?”.
This lesson is an exploration of the bulb, wires and battery.
The second lesson poses the question “How does a light switch work?”
and explores the concept of an open and a closed circuit. This lesson includes a fill in the blank writing activity for students to complete which will create a paragraph explaining why a closed circuit “works” and why an open circuit doesn’t “work”. The last lesson asks students to experiment with a number of objects and determine whether they are conductors or insulators. Students answer the question “What objects allow a flow of electricity?”
through the use of their circuit. This activity is concluded with a graphic organizer where students can record their observations about conductors and insulators.
Each lesson plan comes with a poster of the essential question (matching the titles of the lessons) which can be posted during the mini-unit.
**YOU WILL NEED SPECIFIC MATERIALS TO COMPLETE THESE ACTIVITIES** You will need to provide: batteries, wires, and light bulbs designed for classroom use for your students to use in order to complete these activities. **Please follow all safety directions outlined on those materials to avoid injury. If you are unsure about the safety requirements of your materials, or if they have not been labeled as appropriate for classroom use, please do not complete these activities.
**Looking for additional science units? Check out Plant Structures - A unit on naming and identifying plant structures.