Electricity Teacher Resources
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New! Generating Ideas for Electricity Generation
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 plan 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.
Students 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.
Conserving Electric Energy
Another fantastic lesson 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.
Typical Numeric Questions for Physics I - Electric Fields and Potential
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.
Typical Conceptual Questions for Physics I - Waves, Electricity, and Magnetism
This wave and electromagnetism assignment is so thorough, it could be used as a unit exam. The first section of it covers wave concepts. The next section addresses static electricity. There is a section that deals with electric circuits. Finally, the worksheet finishes off with magnetism, specifically electromagnetic induction. Though many of the questions require problem solving and computation, the answers are presented as multiple choice. Neat diagrams are included in many of the questions.
Chevy Volt...It's Electric!
Future motorists compare the gas mileage, fuel efficiency, and cost of both electric and gas-powered vehicles. They use the included charts to answer several questions related to comparison shopping, alternative fuel sources, and fuel economy.
New! Basic Electric Transformers
Life as we know it would not be possible without electric transformers, so there are fewer more pertinent topics for your eager young engineers. An astounding amount of background information is provided to help you develop a lecture on how transformers work, and also the instructions for building transformers in class are provided. Along the way, tips are included for keeping safety as a priority.
Electricity Lesson II: Electrical Symbols
Zap! It's time to discuss the various symbols seen when working with electrical equipment. Intended for a vocational audience, the presentation gives basic definitions, diagrams, and labels for 10 commonly seen electrical symbols.
Starting with definitions and terms related to how electricity flows, these slides assist in understanding of displacement reactions. Some typical displacement reactions that occur with a flow of electricity through a solution are detailed and used to illustrate the redox process. The details are comprehensive, but note that there are a few references to text or lab book page numbers that you may want to delete.
California Electricity Crisis
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.
Static Electricity and Lightning
Students 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.
Physical Science: Magnetism and Electricity
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.
More About Static Electricity
Students 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.
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.
Static Electricity 1: Introducing Atoms
Young scholars explore atomic structure including protons and electrons, in order to proceed with lessons on static electricity.
Students study what an electric generator does and its history. In this energy lesson students complete several experiments including building their own electric generator.