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Static Electricity Activities, Texts, and Experiment

Grade Levels
3rd - 5th
Formats Included
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12 pages
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  1. Introduce static electricity with a set of eight exploratory balloon activities and an experiment. Then launch into electrical circuits with a series of hands-on labs and informative articles. These energy resources were specially created for fourth grade students. Click Preview to see what’s inclu
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Introduce static electricity with a set of eight exploratory activities that use balloons. Follow up with two informative texts. For the grand finale, conduct a full-blown experiment using a fair test. Your third, fourth, or fifth grade students will have a blast!

What’s Included:

  • Note to the teacher
  • 8 half-page cards that direct balloon activities
  • "About Atoms" one-page reading passage
  • "About Static Electricity" one-page reading passage
  • Lesson plans for lab
  • Two student sheets that guide the experiment


Kids explore charged and uncharged balloons by holding them near their hair, the wall and curtains, other balloons, an aluminum can, a ping pong ball, salt and pepper, running water, and/or bubbles.


Two pages explain the structure of an atom, provide examples, and tell how conductors tend to give off or collect electrons.


First, students discuss the concept of a fair test. They focus on controlling all but one variable. Then they break into eight groups. Each group rubs a glove on an inflated balloon. They then see how many paper bits it picks up. Students share results and find averages for each pair of gloves. Finally, they complete a lab sheet that asks them to use the scientific method.

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Total Pages
12 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
3 days
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. Assessment does not include quantitative measurements of energy.
Develop a model to describe that matter is made of particles too small to be seen. Examples of evidence could include adding air to expand a basketball, compressing air in a syringe, dissolving sugar in water, and evaporating salt water. Assessment does not include the atomic-scale mechanism of evaporation and condensation or defining the unseen particles.
Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other. Examples of an electric force could include the force on hair from an electrically charged balloon and the electrical forces between a charged rod and pieces of paper; examples of a magnetic force could include the force between two permanent magnets, the force between an electromagnet and steel paperclips, and the force exerted by one magnet versus the force exerted by two magnets. Examples of cause and effect relationships could include how the distance between objects affects strength of the force and how the orientation of magnets affects the direction of the magnetic force. Assessment is limited to forces produced by objects that can be manipulated by students, and electrical interactions are limited to static electricity.


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