Grade 3: Electric Interactions – Static Electricity Journal
NGSS - Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions, Physical Science 2-3
3-PS2-3. Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.
The three dimensions addressed are (1) the scientific practice of asking questions; (2) the disciplinary core idea of types of interactions; and (3) the crosscutting concept of cause and effect.
This is a short study of “static electricity”. There are 6 journal activities for students to conduct as well as teacher demonstrations, background material, science notes and teaching tips. Many activities look like magic as charged materials move without touching. Students first read the procedure, predict the outcome, conduct the activity, record the outcome, explain the cause and effect, and finally ask another question relating to the phenomena. It is higher-level thinking at its best because it is interesting, inviting, and just plain fun.
The entire lesson can be viewed at the website scienceandkidsactivities.com
under the Physical Science Tab.
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