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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.
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.
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.
Static Electricity 1: Introducing Atoms
Young scholars explore atomic structure including protons and electrons, in order to proceed with lessons on static electricity.
Static Electricity - Grocery Store Items
Students investigate static electricity using inexpensive "grocery store" items. They view demonstrations with video segments. They graph the data they collect.
In this static electricity worksheet, students complete nine questions about electron charges, coulombs, potential energy, voltage and the Van de Graaf generator.
Young scholars are introduced to the concept of static electricity and its causes. After viewing video segments, they observe its effect on various objects. In groups, they discover how static electricity is produced and how objects with various charges react to it.
Static electricity: Ah, There's the rub!
Students experiment to investigate static electricity. In this static electricity lesson, students prepare a balloon head and draw a face on it. Students rub the nose and the balloon moves toward the student rubbing.
Atoms and Static Electricity
In this chemistry worksheet, 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 lesson, 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.
Static Electricity 2: Introducing 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.
Bill Nye Static Electricity
For 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.
Static Electricity 2
Pupils explore the concept of static electricity. For this static electricity lesson, students observe a demonstration of static electricity and discuss the concept with their instructor.
Static Electricity Game
Fifth graders explore further the importance of static electricity by playing a game which reinforces and reviews static electricity concepts.
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the concept of static electricity. They conduct an experiment with balloons and make observations of how it works. The data is collected and written down and they define positive, negative, and electrons.
Static Electricity Experiment
In this electricity learning exercise, 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.
Static Electricity Experiments
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.
A Shocking Experience
Learners differentiate between current and static electricity, conductors and insulators, explain how energy is converted from chemical to electrical, measure voltage of batteries, collect data on voltage, and predict voltage of connected batteries. This incredibly rich instructional activity has detailed explanations of how to implement the plan, lab sheets, and a quiz at the end of the instructional activity. Very impressive!