Conductors and Insulators
The student is expected to differentiate between conductors and insulators.
The student knows that energy exists in many forms and can be observed in cycles, patterns, and systems.
Conduction: Houston PBS (website) - Explanation of electrical conduction.
Conductors and Insulators: NDT Resource Center (website) - Interactive tutorial on insulators and conductors.
Conductors and Insulators: The Physics Classroom (website) - Detailed explanation of how different objects behave in the presence of electricity. A brief assessment at the end of the article allows teachers to test their own (or their students’) understanding of the concepts presented.
Testing Electrical Conductivity: TeacherVision(website) – Students investigate Electrical Conductivity.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Conductors and Insulators: University of Houston (website) - Texas standards-based investigation for testing conductors and insulators.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Electricity: The Tech Museum (website) - Activities on conductors, insulators and other topics related to electricity, with interactive animations and self-checks.
Conductors and Insulators: Galaxy.net (website) - Students build a simple circuit and test the conductivity of various objects.
Provide students with a set of objects, such as aluminum foil, block of wood, sheet of paper, paper clip, etc., and ask them to identify which items will conduct electricity and which ones will not.
Conductors and Insulators. Oxlade, Chris (ISBN-13: 978-1432956783)
Dear Mr. Henshaw. Cleary, Beverly (ISBN-13: 978-0688024055)
DK Eyewitness Series: Electricity 77. Parker, Steve (ISBN-13: 978-0751361322)
Conductors and Insulators. Royston, Angela (ISBN-13: 978-0431137261)
Electricity Teaching Resources: Science Zone (website) - Links to online games and activities that teach concepts related to electricity.
Games for Kids: Science Kids (website) - Students learn about electrical circuits as they experiment with conductors and power sources in this fun, interactive activity.