Static Electricity Teacher Resources
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Electric Charge and Static Electricity
Begin with the classic static electricity demonstrations: the behavior of charged balloons and metal leaves of an electroscope. Then move on to test the electrical conductivity of various materials. Give physics pupils a charge with these terrific hands-on activities.
4th - 12th Science 34 Views 84 Downloads
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.
4th - 10th Science 66 Views 80 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
Slide paper over a plastic straws to generate static electricity, and then stick that straw to glass, a wall, or even your own hands! This is a science activity that students can use to show parents what they learn in school whenever they are out at a restaurant!
3rd - 6th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Static Electricity and Bubbles!
Why is static electricity worse in the winter? Learn about static charges and the Van de Graaff generator before conducting a quick experiment using bubbles and a Van de Graaff. If you don't have access to one, simply play this video clip for your class!
2 mins 4th - 8th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Static Electricity and Water
Can static electricity affect the direction that water flows? Watch this short clip and attempt this experiment with your young learners! For older learners, pair with additional activities that illustrate positive and negative charges.
2 mins 4th - 8th Science 3 Views 1 Download
Study Jams! Electricity
Shock your physical science class using this video to teach the basics of static electricity. Electricity is defined,and electrons are differentiated from protons on an atom model. The use of hydropower and wind are explained as ways of generating electricity, but be aware that current electricity is not mentioned at all.
4th - 8th Science 5 Views 6 Downloads CCSS: Adaptable
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.
9th - 12th Science 65 Views 135 Downloads
Static Electricity: Matching
Discovery Education has provided a series of quick quizzes on several topics. Here is one on static electricity. Young scientists match eight terms to their definitions. You can view the solution right from the page, so if you want to use this as a quiz, print it out rather than have pupils use a computer.
4th - 8th Science 10 Views 34 Downloads
Bill Nye The Science Guy on Static Electricity
Shock viewers with this video clip about static electricity! Bill Nye sports a wacky wig and explains how electrons get stored up on the surface of a Van de Graff generator and then jump onto a metal ball. If you do not have your own Van de Graff apparatus for demonstrating electrostatics, then this is worth showing during your elementary electricity unit!
2 mins 4th - 8th Science 8 Views 4 Downloads
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.
6th - 8th Science 12 Views 80 Downloads
More About Static Electricity
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.
6th - 8th Science 8 Views 40 Downloads
Electricity and Magnetism
The standard basics of electricity are detailed in this clear-cut collection of slides. Straightforward explanations are offered for static electricity, series and parallel circuits, conductors, insulators, and resistance. Some animation is employed for demonstrating current electricity.
7th - 12th Science 18 Views 46 Downloads
Student explore the relationship of static electricity to current electricity, circuits, electromagnets, electro generators, and public electric utilities. In this Green Team lesson plan, 4th graders participate in hands-on science lessons using balloons, wool, batteries, light bulbs, iron filings, magnets and copper wire.
4th Science 3 Views 4 Downloads
Action at a Distance Lab
The concepts involved with static electricity are typically taught in upper elementary physical science units. The lab described in this resource has pupils examine the behavior of small pieces of paper and a balloon when a charged piece of cellophane tape is brought near.
4th - 8th Science 3 Views 3 Downloads