Complete simple circuits
using a battery, a flashlight bulb, and wire made from masking tape and aluminum foil. Then test what materials complete a circuit (conductors)
or prevent the electricity from flowing through the circuit (insulators)
. Use an energy ball
to model series and parallel circuits with chains of students.
included in your purchase gives you an overview of the resources and activities in each of the three lessons - it's like I'm sitting next to you explaining your options!
Read short texts
about this topic (Current Electricity, Conductors and Insulators, and Series and Parallel Circuits). Recordings
of the texts are included for students who benefit from hearing the text.
This lesson is part of a series about physics including: Energy
, and Heat 1
or Heat 2
This product could be used to meet NGSS 4-PS3-2♦.
The activities use materials* that you can collect locally.
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♦ 4-PS3-2. Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
* Materials List: batteries, small flashlight bulbs, aluminum foil, and masking tape, energy ball (can be purchased from our store, teachersource.com item # SS-30, or enasco.com, # SB28883M)