How can we help kids visualize the charges that cause static forces? This is the question I wrestled with for a while before developing this model. I love that only the negative electrons can move – I also love that students can easily see when charges are balanced and when they’re not. This activity builds on Charged Up 1: Tracking Static Forces which is free in my shop.
This is the second of three related resources.
★ Charged Up 1: Tracking Static Forces (free)
★ Charged Up 2: Tracking Static Forces [Video Version]
★ Charged Up 3: Tracking Static Forces [Video Version of this Activity]
• Typically only electrons leave their atoms.
• Electrons are negatively charged; protons are positively charged
• Electrons and protons create the charges behind electrostatic forces.
• Items develop different static charges depending what they are made of.
Copies of the worksheets, clear electrons (directions for making these are included)
Extensive teacher notes address the many questions that come up. You shouldn’t have to do outside research on this topic unless you want to.
This lab takes about 30 mins.
• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting
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