Open vs. Closed Circuits Lab Stations Activity

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About SNAPs Lab Stations Activities
SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory does not address a specific Next Generation Science Standard, but it complements concepts related to other NGSS. This lab combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Open vs. Closed Circuits Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Discuss current electricity.
2. Identify the components of an electric circuit.
3. Compare and contrast an open and closed circuit.
4. Fix an open circuit by applying ideas about conductors and insulators.

Science Skills Station
At this station, students will build a model of a simple circuit. They will manipulate the circuit so to better study open and closed circuits.

Narrative Station
At this station, students will read informational texts about current electricity and circuit. They will learn that current electricity is a type of electricity that involves the movement of charge (and thus, electric charge). They will also learn about the components of a circuit and how those components contribute to the movement of electricity.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to current electricity and circuits. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
At this station, students will fix a broken circuit. They will be given several objects of different material and determine when material would be best suited to fix the break in the circuit. They will also determine how that material should be “covered” so to insulate the current in the circuit.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students will have a choice of 11 projects. Suggestions for projects that are best suited for this particular lab are included. It is up to the teacher to control this portion of the lab, and thus, the higher-order skills utilized in this activity. Refer to the SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide for directions and suggestions on how to conduct the project.

This download includes:
• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

Additional Materials Required:
3 miniature light bulbs (alternative to these bulbs is provided in the teacher guide)
3 D batteries
7 pieces of insulated wire with wire stripped at ends (or ends w/ alligator clips)
Electrical tape
3 small light bulb holders (strongly suggested but optional)
A paper clip, metal key, nail, plastic straw, eraser, piece of tin foil, wooden toothpick, styrofoam, piece of cloth, electrical tape and/or other small objects or materials (provide students with a variety of conductors and insulators)

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• A FREE SNAPs Lab to learn more about my lab station activities
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
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Open vs. Closed Circuits Lab Stations Activity
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Open vs. Closed Circuits Lab Stations Activity
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