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The Path of Electrons

Young scholars engage in an interactive "hot potato" demonstration to gain an appreciation for the flow of electrons through a circuit. They role play the different parts of a simple circuit and send small items representing electrons (paper or candy pieces) through the circuit. Students describe the functions of a switch and light bulb as resistors in a circuit and list several products that have been engineered to use electrical energy.

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Resource Details

4th - 5th
Resource Type
Lesson Plans
30 mins
Instructional Strategy
Inquiry-Based Learning
Included Materials
  • Worksheet