Energy Poverty, Electricity and Circuitry Unit Bundle

Energy Poverty, Electricity and Circuitry Unit Bundle
Energy Poverty, Electricity and Circuitry Unit Bundle
Energy Poverty, Electricity and Circuitry Unit Bundle
Energy Poverty, Electricity and Circuitry Unit Bundle
Energy Poverty, Electricity and Circuitry Unit Bundle
Energy Poverty, Electricity and Circuitry Unit Bundle
Energy Poverty, Electricity and Circuitry Unit Bundle
Energy Poverty, Electricity and Circuitry Unit Bundle
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This unit covers static electricity, electricity terms, circuitry diagrams and different kinds of circuits, all through the lens of energy poverty and inequality. Included in the bundle are the following documents, all of which are available individually in my store.

Energy Poverty BBK: Use this activity, called Building Background Knowledge (BBK), to introduce students to the concept of energy poverty and how it relates to our life. On the two outside boxes of the graphic organizers, students write observations, commonalities, things that stick out etc. about the pictures and data presentations. The interior boxes are used along with some powerful videos, included in the powerpoint.

The link to the Powerpoint is included in the document. BBKs are a great way to introduce students to new material, get them making connections to real-life examples and build in differentiation for many students!

Static Electricity Reading and Lab: Explore the "magic" of static electricity with a lab that is easy to set up and guaranteed to engage students. Beginning with a introductory reading on how static electricity works at the atomic level and its application in real-life situations, students are then tasked with determining with substances will be most attracted to a negatively-charged balloon. Students will follow the scientific method to test their predictions and draw conclusions on what they found. A great way to visually demonstrate and play with static electricity!

Electricity Circuit Drawing Note Stations: Teaching electricity circuit drawing and the kids need notes and references for the unit? This kinesthetic note-taking stations activity is a great way for students to create a note sheet for circuit drawing and not just copy off the board. Students move from station to station, each with a circuit symbol, definition and explanation of its function, to collect all the needed information. This document includes the graphic organizer for the students and the station notes.

Series Circuit Lab and Reading: Students will explore how series circuits are built and how altering the number of bulbs changes the brightness of each bulb. Preceded by a reading, the lab allows students to interact with different parts of circuits, introduces terms such as series circuits and resistance and asks students to consider the real-world implications of wiring homes.

Christmas Tree Lights Mystery Circuits Lab: Students will explore the difference between series and parallel circuits in a Christmas-themed circuitry lab! Your students will have to build both series and parallel circuits, remove bulbs to figure out how it impacts the flow of electricity and draw conclusions about real-life situations. A great lab for when you are learning about electricity during the holidays!

Circuit Drawing Practice Worksheet: Circuit drawing can pose a challenge for some students but this scaffolded practice will boost student understanding! Made to be used with Electricity Circuit Drawing Note Stations Graphic Organizer (although it can be used with whatever form of notes your students have on circuit drawing symbols), students will learn how to draw electricity diagrams in three stages. First, they will label diagrams. Then, students will fill in missing circuit symbols and finally, create their own circuit diagrams based on real-life drawings. This activity is a great way to differentiate and build in checks for understanding through the learning process.

Circuit Drawing Practice Worksheet: Circuit drawing can pose a challenge for some students but this scaffolded practice will boost student understanding! Made to be used with Electricity Circuit Drawing Note Stations Graphic Organizer (although it can be used with whatever form of notes your students have on circuit drawing symbols), students will learn how to draw electricity diagrams in three stages. First, they will label diagrams. Then, students will fill in missing circuit symbols and finally, create their own circuit diagrams based on real-life drawings. This activity is a great way to differentiate and build in checks for understanding through the learning process.

Static Electricity and Circuitry Quiz Review: Use this assignment to review for a quiz on static electricity, circuitry symbols and circuit drawings. Students can work on the questions in pairs or individually but I prefer to play a Trashball review game with students in teams to increase engagement, boost retention and have fun with the material.

Static Electricity and Circuity Quiz: This quiz reviews static electricity and atomic structure, circuit symbols, the difference between parallel and series circuits and finally, how to create circuit drawings. Students are asked to identify and define each concept and apply the concepts to real-life situations. The quiz can be easily modified for different levels of learners. The assessment corresponds with the content reviewed in the (free!) Static Electricity and Circuitry Quiz Review.

United Nations Appeal Summative Presentation: At the end of a unit about electricity, discussed through the lens of energy poverty and inequality, students will select a country with low electrification rates, conduct research and present an appeal to the United Nations as that country as to why they deserve aid to improve energy access in their country. In groups, students will need to write persuasive, evidence-based arguments about why these countries are in need, how energy poverty is impacting the country and propose ways in which the aid would be used to assist the country. A great application of the science concepts in a real-world, global context!

Electricity and Energy Poverty Homework Bundlet: For use in a unit about electricity, circuitry and energy poverty, this bundle includes the following homework assignments.
Homework 1: a reading about electricity poverty with a focus on selecting evidence
Homework 2: circuit drawing with symbols
Homework 3: a second reading on energy poverty and its impact
Homework 4: SAT-style reading on series vs. parallel circuits and multiple-choice comprehension questions
Homework 5: data analysis on energy poverty and electricity access
Homework 6: video questions about Akon's Lighting Africa project (includes a TinyUrl for the video)
Homework 7: a third reading on energy poverty and alternative energy sources
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