Students will create a circuit and then predict the effect adding or of changing one or more of the components.
- assortment of batteries,wires,and bulbs or motors.
- Kidpix, especially Science stamps
- Science Court by Tom Snyder, Electric Current, Grades 4-6 Package includes
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Background for Teachers
A series circuit is a circuit that consists of more than one power source or more than one load.
These pieces of the circuit are wired in series, one part following another.
Intended Learning Outcomes
1-Use science process and thinking skills.
Invitation to Learn
Review previous lessons.
- Instruct each group to assemble a basic circuit consisting of one battery,
two wires, and a bulb.
- Before continuing, each student should make a written prediction of what
will happen when another battery is included in the circuit.
- After recording predictions, each group will put an extra battery in the
circuit, series style, and then record the result.
- Continue making predictions and adding batteries. Use caution since too
many batteries will burn out the bulbs.
- Begin again with only one battery. Make predictions about what will happen
with more than one bulb or motor.
- Conclude by making generalizations about the effect of greater loads and
the effect of greater power supply.
- Complete the "Circuit Predictions" data sheet.
- Try using fans or motors for the load. Try using a solar panel for the
- Use Kidpix or PowerPoint to make a slideshow of what happens when extra
batteries, or bulbs, are added to a circuit.
- Students create a “city” using milk cartons. Add a power source,
loads, and electrical pathways. Nine-volt batteries and small lights with
alligator clips work well, but many things would also work. Students should
be encouraged to decorate the city as creatively as possible.
Students create a chart to record predictions and observations.
Write a step-by-step description of the path the electricity follows through the circuit.
This lesson is part of the Fifth Grade Science Teacher Resource Book (TRB3) http://www.usoe.org/curr/science/core/5th/TRB5/. The TRB3 is designed to be your textbook in teaching science curriculum to your students. This book covers all the objectives of each standard and benchmark. If taught efficiently, a student should do well on the End-of-Level (CRT) tests. The TRB3 is designed for teachers who know very little about science, as well as for teachers who have a broad understanding of science.