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I'm trying to come up with a Phenomenon for 4th grade electrical circuits, any ideas?

May 12, 2016 3:15pm

  • Science
  • 4
  • Next Generation Science Standards
  • California

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    • May 23, 2016 8:18pm

      Hi! I introduced the idea of electrical circuits when we studied the human body, particularly the brain. Then we moved on to our physics unit on energy and motion and are now connecting the idea that motion can be converted to light, sound and heat including wind turbines to generate electricity. Check out the Boeing lesson on wind turbines: https://www.teachingchannel.org/wind-energy-engineering-unit-boeing

      • Jul 10, 2016 7:39am

        My thinking is the Energy Stick which can also be used for the Human Circuit and it transparent so student can see inside it,

        • Aug 23, 2016 11:10am

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          • Oct 24, 2016 10:56am

            I always try to keep phenomena simple and easy for students to identify on their own...so for this concept I would ask someone to turn off the classroom lights, then turn them back on.

            It would also be fun to ask them what happens when they open their fridge at home ;)

            • Nov 22, 2016 9:08am

              You might consider reaching out to your local branch of IEEE (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7044461/). This great group of electrical engineers has done several teacher presentations in the Kansas City area and has even prepared boxes of demonstrations. I've never met a student who wasn't engaged after experiencing a van de graff generator!

              • Nov 22, 2016 9:09am

                You might consider reaching out to your local branch of IEEE (http://ieeexplore.ieee.org/document/7044461/). This great group of electrical engineers has done several teacher presentations in the Kansas City area and has even prepared boxes of demonstrations. I've never met a student who wasn't engaged after experiencing a van de graff generator!

                • Nov 22, 2016 9:19am

                  Why does electricity flow through some circuits, but not all?