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Science - 5th Grade
Standard 4 Objective 2
1 class periods of 45 minutes each
Students build and experiment with electric circuits using easily available materials.
For the Student: (Individual or Pairs)
Electricity can be made to flow along materials that will conduct the flow. Wire is a good example of a material that will allow electricity to flow. A circuit includes a source for electrical energy, a conducting path, and something that will use the electrical energy. The devices that use the electrical energy are placed on separate paths or connecting paths. When two or more dry cells are connected, a battery is created.
Once students understand how to make a complete electrical circuit, give them additional materials (insulators and conductors) and see how they affect their ability to make the bulb light.
Use the Science Lab Report Rubric to evaluate student science journal entries for their experiments.