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Sixth graders build a working motor. In this instructional activity on motors, 6th graders use an inquiry method of learning to discover how to create a working electric motor with the supplies given to them. The teacher will guide them as needed. Students integrate math and language arts by writing a lab report and graphing how many times their motor turns in thirty seconds.
Instructions for building a simple electromagnetic motor are provided for the teacher. Aside from some sketchy background information and a list of content standards to be met, that is about all you will find in this resource. The motor is a nifty one, but note that directions do not tell how to secure the magnets to the cup. Also, there are no explanations of why this works. If you know the concepts and can explain them, then this is a neat demonstration to do for upper elementary or middle school physical science classes.
Fifth graders investigate simple circuits and identify when a circuit is considered opened or closed. In small groups, they experiment with wires, batteries, and light bulbs to identify how to light the bulb. Students also experiment with a circuit and electric motor and a switch.
Bright and attractive graphics are included to explain how an electric motor works. Along the way, there are a few multiple-choice question slides can be used to pause and evaluate student comprehension. This presentation would be useful if you are preparing high school physical scientists to design electric motors.
Through scientific inquiry, middle schoolers discover how to arrange solar cells in order to produce electricity. This activity is intended to prepare learners to be able to design and construct solar cars. As with other resources produced by School Power Naturally, this one provides extensive teacher information and a well-written laboratory worksheet.
Train a budding electrician about the principles of electricity and the wiring materials needed to complete the job. Briefly covered are basic electrical concepts such as, volts, watts, circuits, and safety. Also covered are the need-to-know fundamentals of identifying, choosing, and using various types of electrical wire.