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Science - Elementary Curriculum Science - 5th Grade
Lesson Plans

Standard 4

Students will understand features of static and current electricity.

Objective 1

Describe the behavior of static electricity as observed in nature and everyday occurrences.
  • A Hair Raising Experience
    Balloons are used to help students explore static electricity.
  • Meet the Book and DVD
    These activities will help students learn how to read and comprehend science text.
  • Static Electricity
    Students work in cooperative groups and learn about static electricity through two experiments.
  • Static!
    In this lesson, students will watch a demonstration on attraction and repulsion. Then they will demonstrate, on their own, the build up and release of static electricity.
  • Stuck On You
    After completing a K-W-L-H Chart on electricity, students will discuss and illustrate the four ways lightening can move.
  • TRB 5:4 - Activity 1: Static Cling
    Students will learn about static electricity by completing a variety of hands-on activities.
  • TRB 5:4 - Activity 2: Will it Hold a Charge?
    Students will conduct experiments to investigate what types of objects can be statically charged.
  • The Electrophorus and Static Discharge
    Students will record their observations after creating an electrophorus.
  • Zapped!
    Six classroom learning stations will give students many opportunities to experiment with static electricity.

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