1 Building Background Knowledge
This Brainpop movie is free. No account is needed.
It is linked here:
Following the movie, take the quiz. Encourage students to use the Mind Map feature to map out their thinking. They do not need to be signed in--a pdf of the map can be printed. It will only save if you have an account, however.
Extensions: If you have a Brainpop account, there are many other great Brainpop videos related to energy and electricity found here:
2 Interact and Explore
Find the StudyJams section on Electricity here:
3 Is it Conductive?
Encourage students to try different combinations and virtual representation of materials.
Some questions to consider:
Of those things that are conductive, what characteristics do they share?
Which materials surprised you as being conductive?
In teams of up to five, students can also explore the interactive website which includes information, a game and a quiz.
4 Try it Virtually
This app is $2.99, but can save money if you don't have access to actual wires, bulbs and batteries. Kids can still experiment with building circuits of all kinds.
Print the cards available at http://arcircuits.com/
Students then use the app and a device with a camera to create augmented reality circuits
Ask your teacher for the printed cards.
Open the app, and point the camera towards the cards. How can you change and move the cards to create a circuit?
Key Standards Supported
Use evidence to construct an explanation relating the speed of an object to the energy of that object.
Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
Ask questions and predict outcomes about the changes in energy that occur when objects collide.
Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.