Explore the flow of electrons with a fun activity that has students standing up and moving around, then build and explore the difference between series and parallel circuits.
Electric current is the flow of electric charge.
Students will be able to:
Explore the concept of electron flow with a hands on circuit demonstration.
The activities in this lesson focus on electricity and how it flows through electrical circuits. Students learn that an electric current is the flow of an electric charge through a conductor. They build circuits and measure voltage with a voltmeter and current with an ammeter. They also read and create circuit diagrams to analyze and represent circuits.
Important safety reminders are included in each of the circuit-building activities.
A written reflection following "Currents of flow" allows students to describe how the activity demonstrates the flow of electrons and the basic parts of a circuit.
Worksheets guide the circuit building activities for students and allow you to formatively assess their developing abilities to communicate their observations, analysis and conclusions.
Rubrics are provided to guide your observations of the hands-on activities and the ability to follow safety procedures.