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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 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.
Young scholars investigate static electricity using inexpensive "grocery store" items. They view demonstrations with video segments. They graph the data they collect.
In this static electricity activity, students complete nine questions about electron charges, coulombs, potential energy, voltage and the Van de Graaf generator.
Students experiment to investigate static electricity.  In this static electricity instructional activity, students prepare a balloon head and draw a face on it.  Students rub the nose and the balloon moves toward the student rubbing.
In this chemistry instructional activity, students learn about atoms and static electricity. They read about these topics and then use what they learned to answer the 11 questions on the page. The answers are on the last page of the packet.
Fourth graders investigate static electricity using an inquiry-based approach.  In this electrical energy instructional activity, 4th graders perform experiments with balloons, record and verbally explain the results, and research key vocabulary word definitions.  Students will then draw and label a picture to demonstrate their understanding of static electricity.
Middle schoolers are introduced to static electricity as a phenomenon that involves positive and negative charges.
Fifth graders investigate static electricity. In small groups, they conduct two experiments, observe and record data and results, and discuss the conclusions to the experiments.
In this static electricity worksheet, learners watch a 'Bill Nye' science video about static electricity. Students then answer the 16 questions as they watch the video.
Students explore the concept of static electricity. In this static electricity lesson, students observe a demonstration of static electricity and discuss the concept with their instructor.
Fifth graders explore further the importance of static electricity by playing a game which reinforces and reviews static electricity concepts.
For this electricity worksheet, 3rd graders read about static electricity before completing an experiment with a pen and a piece of wool cloth. They follow the steps to the experiment and record what happens along the way.
Fourth graders explore the concept of static electricity. In this static electricity lesson, 4th graders  study electrical charges, static electricity, discharge, conductors, insulators, and lightning as they watch a classroom demonstration and read about the topics.
Students investigate static electricity. They conduct two experiments, make observations and predictions, collect and record data, and write a report describing the findings of their investigations.
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!
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.
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.
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. 
Fifth graders describe the behavior of static electricity as observed in nature and everyday occurrences.

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