Lesson Plan

Series and Parallel Circuits

Students will research series and parallel circuits to determine which one is best
Anna P.
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My Grades 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

Create a circuit that can run more than one component.

Define the difference between series and parallel circuits. 

Solve a real world problem with knowledge of series and parallel circuits. 

Grades 4
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1 Hook

Activity: Presenting

Students will be helping the people at Light-Weight Enterprises to solve a problem with their lights. Students will research types of circuits and in the end, they will determine which is best. Teachers will introduce the students to the webquest here:


2 Direct Instruction

Activity: Investigating

Teacher will review all of the components of the webquest before the students start. 

3 Guided Practice

Activity: Exploring

Students will work through the webquest with a partner. They will be investigating different types of circuits and determine which on will solve the "string of lights" problem. 

4 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

Students will create the poster explained in the webquest. They will also create a QR code that links users to a video or more information about series and parallel circuits. These codes will be placed on their posters when they are on display around the school. 

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Presenting

Students will present their posters to the class. The audience will look for consistencies within presentations.