The student is expected to differentiate among forms of energy, including mechanical, sound, electrical, light, and heat/thermal.
The student knows that energy exists in many forms and can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems.
Science of Electricity: US Energy Information Administration (website) - Covers the basics of electricity.
The Wonders of Electricity and Magnetism: MIT World (video) - Professor Walter Lewin gives a public lecture (1 hr 41m) on electricity and magnetism, including many interesting demonstrations.
Energy Tutorial: National Fuel Cell Research Center (website) - Detailed descriptions of different energy sources employed for electricity generation, transportation, heating, etc.
Brown Bag Science: Proteacher.com (website) - Students learn, through inquiry and discovery, how electricity works. Good introduction to the concept of electricity, including hands-on work with circuits, motors, conductors, etc.
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- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Static Electricity: CSIRO (website) - Simple static electricity investigation featuring a balloon to teach students about positive and negative charges.
Motor Effect: Exploratorium (website) - Students experiment with simple electric motors and magnets to learn about the relationship between electricity and magnetism.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Introduction to Energy: The NEED Project (PDF) - Explains different energy sources and the usage levels for various energy sources in the United States.
Charged or Not Charged: Kids Science Experiments (website) - Simple investigation in which students demonstrate how to create an electrical charge.
Electricity: The Tech Museum (website) - Activities on conductors, insulators and other topics related to electricity, with interactive animations and self-checks.
Provide student groups with a battery, a light bulb, and one wire. Have them experiment with these items and determine/demonstrate how to light up the bulb. Students should record and label the circuit created in their science notebooks.
Electricity, Mullins, M. (ISBN: 978-0531265819)
The Story of Electricity. Bailey, Jacqui (ISBN-13: 978-1404811294)
Dear Mr. Henshaw. Cleary, Beverly (ISBN-13: 978-0688024055)
Discovering Electricity. Bains, Rae (ISBN-13: 978-0893755652)
Electricity Teaching Resources: Science Zone (website) - Links to online games and activities that teach students about electricity, circuits, etc.