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Static Electricity & Electric Discharge Lab Station Activity

Static Electricity & Electric Discharge Lab Station 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.

Static Electricity & Electric Discharge Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Discuss and illustrate how an object gains static electricity.
2. Explain the process of electric discharge.
3. Describe how lightning develops.
4. Design a lightning rod that will protect structures from a lightning strike.

Science Skills Station
At this station, students will conduct investigations with a balloon and soda can. They will observe how an object gains static electricity and how that object exerts a force on neutral objects. Students will also observe the process of electric discharge.

Narrative Station
At this station, students will read informational texts about static electricity. They will read about how an object gains and loses static electricity. They will also read about lightning; they will learn why lightning forms and how it is an example of powerful electric discharge.

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

Problem-Solving Station
At this station, students will apply the engineering design process to identify and solve problems associated with electric discharge, specifically, lightning. Students will design a lightning rod. They will determine the material, shape, size and optimal location for the rod so that it best deters lightning from damaging homes, buildings, trees and/or living things.

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:
1 bag of balloons (enough so that each group has 1 balloon)
Empty (and clean) soda can
Wool Mitten (or a piece of carpet/rug)
Access to a metal doorknob
1 Computer or Tablet

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
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

Purchasing Options to Save you $$$:
• Save 30% with the Magnets and Electricity Lab Bundle
• Save 35% with the Magnets and Electricity Unit Bundle
• Save 35% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Lab Bundle
• Save 40% with the Integrated Science Lab Bundle
• Save 45% with the Earth, Life or Physical Science Complete Curriculum
• Save 50% with the Integrated Science Complete Curriculum
Total Pages
24 pages
Answer Key
Included
Teaching Duration
1 hour
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