Electricity Teacher Resources
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Electricity is an integral part of our daily lives, but many energy sources are damaging the environment. Young engineers read about innovations in alternative energy sources, then work in groups to design and build a model of a system to generate energy. Each group presents its design to the class. The lesson finishes with everyone discussing the importance of renewable energy resources.
A summary of electric charge and its flow along a conductor starts this PowerPoint. The differences between batteries and supply from a power station are detailed and a group of slides that ask questions of your students and then give the answers . A set of slides show the wiring and pins in a European plug along with the possible faults and dangers.
Electricity, static electricity, what could be more fun? Learners in grades four through ten get their hair ready to be rubbed with a balloon, as they test how positive or negative charged particles can attract or repel each other. First they attract Rice Krispies® with a static-charged balloon, and then they use two static-charged balloons to see how electrons repel each other. In the final experiment, they bend water using a negatively charged piece of PVC pipe. These are three great demonstrations that can be used as a group and then discussed, or on their own when teaching a single static electricity lesson.
Experiment with electric circuits and conductivity. Young scientists will model and discuss how an electric circuit works. First they will draw a model of the flow of electrons and then build an actual circuit. Finally, they will explain the circuit path and test the conductivity of a variety of materials. They use critical thinking skills to explore circuits and conductivity of materials. Be sure to check the materials list before planning for this activity.
Young scholars brainstorm a list of electrical devices used in their home. They read an article about electricity usage in a heat wave. In groups, they create public service announcements promoting energy conservation. They share their ideas with the class.
Another fantastic activity on energy is presented by the American Coal Foundation. This one focuses on electricity; how it is produced, how it is delivered, and how it is used. Some excellent handouts are embedded in this fine plan which make it easy to implement in your classroom.
Challenge your physics class to implement their knowledge of electric fields by completing this worksheet as homework. There are 15 problems to solve, for which pupils compute electrostatic force, electric field strength, and electric potential energy. Diagrams included in several of the problems make them crystal clear, while multiple choice answers provide assignees with some security in their computations.
Students study the causes of electricity shortage in California in 2000-2001. In this social studies lesson, students evaluate the effect of the deregulation process. They discuss the actions taken by the government to solve the crisis.
Learners examine the concept that static electricity is a phenomenon that involves positive and negative charges. They explore the Static Electricity section of the Science, Technology and Engineering website to learn more about the causes and effects of static electricity. Then, they will perform experiments demonstrating that opposite charges attract and like charges repel.
Learners study concepts related to static electricity, based on a single example: lightning. They explain how static electricity, lightning, and sparks are all related phenomena. They draw a diagram illustrating the negative and positive charges that occur in a lightning storm.
Students investigate electric circuits and currents.
Students use a variety of objects to test for ability to "stick" to a magnet. They perform an experiment to see that electricity in circuits can produce light, heat, sound, and magnetic effects. They discover magnets attract and repel each other, as well as other kinds of materials.
Students explore the basics of electricity using common everyday items as well as demonstrate how parallel and series circuits can be used in electronics and electrical devices. They explore how common items in their world can be wired efficiently and effectively.
Students explore atomic structure including protons and electrons, in order to proceed with lessons on static electricity.
Learners study what an electric generator does and its history. In this energy lesson students complete several experiments including building their own electric generator.
What is a fossil fuel? Ever heard that question? Well, now you have an answer, or least a research project that will allow learners to find the answer on their own. They research how electricity is generated from coal then create a pamphlet illustrating and describing the process, advantages, and disadvantages of using fossil fuels. This lesson includes several helpful web links.
What a shock your physics pupils will receive when they view this fascinating PowerPoint! They will be able to calculate electric field strength using Coulomb's law as a result. They will also visualize electric fields and grasp the behavior of electrons within a conductor. They examine Faraday's experiments with electricity. This marvelous resource thoroughly prepares learners of physics for dealing with electrostatic equilibrium. Follow the show with some problem-solving practice.
Students view a segment of "Electricity's Power," they focus on the professions- lightning researcher, scientist specializing in electricity in space, and a lineman. They choose one profession, students explore and investigate about the profession and write a story as if they worked in that field.
Students explain the relationship between magnetism and electricity. In this physics lesson, students describe the transformation of energy. They create an electromagnet and investigate the factors affecting its strength.
High schoolers identify the different professions that are related to electricity. In this professions lesson students write a story about performing one of these jobs and share it with the class.