What is it?
There are 9 cards of different inventions/discoveries regarding electricity for printout that you distribute to each student or small groups.
Draw a simple timeline on the board, and have the students place the cards in when the discoveries are made after brief discussion.
Conclude with students seeing each others' responses in comparison to their own.
This is an excellent initializing / activating activity to get the students thinking about electricity. Instead of just jumping into electricity, having students visually see the lengthy historical development deepens understanding. In the timeline, you can also place other discoveries / inventions to allow the student see the differences.
Discoverers / Inventors included:
Thales of Miletus
This is found in gr.9 Science Canadian Curriculum but could also be used in any introductory electrostatics unit.
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