Lesson Plan

It's Electric!

Students learn about how circuits create electricity.
Keely M.
Technology Teacher
Homestead Elementary School
Centennial, United States
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Students will be able to identify how electricity flows in a circuit and create circuits to light bulbs.  

Grades 4 – 5
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1 Hook

Students will play the game, "fidget maker" on the website, Design Squad Nation.  The game takes students through completing a simple circuit to allow electricity to flow.  They then add a machine to make a product that produces "fidgets".  Students learn that the circuit must be connected to a battery and closed in order to work.

2 Direct Instruction

Students will watch a Brain Pop short animated video clip on electricty.  They will also explore electrictiy on the Bill Nye app.  In addition, they may watch a Bill Nye short clip on electricity from teachertube.com

These sources will explain and model how electricity works.

3 Guided Practice

Students will watch the Design Squad Challenge video on making their own fidget maker.  Teacher will need to have supplies ready and plenty of time to work!  This phase could take several days.  Students create a fidget maker where circuits are used to light bulbs.  Some circuits are not closed until the "fidget" goes through the circuit and closes it.  Students work in teams to create their fidget makers with guidance from the teacher and the Design Squad video.

4 Independent Practice

Google Drive
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Students use Google Presentation to create an informative digital presentation on how electricity works.  Teacher can create guidelines for amount of slides, what specific information is to be included, etc.  Students can embed links for the videos watched earlier in the lesson as well as links to the website games.  They can also video their fidget makers in action and add those video clips to their presentations.  The final presenations can be shared with other students and teachers.

5 Wrap Up - Assessment

Activity: Assessing

Use your district or curriculum assessment for this unit as the final evaluation for students.  If you have access to an online learning environment such as, Schoology, assessments can be embedded and taken online.