If you are looking for a fun, hands-on unit, you might want to check out our Electricity and Circuits Unit! It includes notebook pages and worksheets about electrical currents, conductors, simple circuits, electrical symbols and more. My kids loved this unit because of all the hands-on activity ideas!
We did this when my son was 12 or 13 (and my other two were 10 and 8). Then I did it again with my youngest when she was 12. 🙂 This unit works fine with the younger kids because they love the hands-on activities.
We did this right after the Properties of Matter unit (though these are self -contained units so it’s not necessary.)
In the first part of this unit we went over
- The parts of an atom
- Electric currents
- Conductors and insulators
- Parts of a light bulb
One of the first activities we did was a graphing activities. ED had to test all the mini-LED lights and graph them by color.
In addition to the mini-LED lights and lithium coin batteries, you can use all kinds of materials from copper tape (1 roll is plenty for a family) to alligator clips and conductive thread! (affiliate links)
- Volts, amps, ohms
- Electrical circuits: Power source, load, conductor
- Simple Circuits
- Direct and Alternating Current (DC and AC)
- Resistance, Resistors and How they work.
- Anode, cathode
- Electrical Symbols
- Open and closed circuits
- Short circuits
The kids had a lot of fun when we talked about conductors & insulators because we made our own conductive and insulating play dough!
Here’s ED’s Squishy Circuit… an Anglerfish!
I added in a new worksheet and sorting cards on conductors & insulators. (See pictures below.)
Plus, I included various activity ideas as well as the recipes for making your own conductive and insulating dough. You can use commercial Play-doh (for the conductive dough).
This is another really fun hands-on activity! This packet includes instructions on how to make an art bot or visit this post. That’s super fun!
You’ll need to purchase a mini-motor, but you might consider getting this mini-motor kit because it comes with accessories like switches and propellers and it isn’t that much more than purchasing the mini-motors on their own. (affiliate link)
As I said above, this set has 1- , 2- , 3- and 4-battery holders at a good price. (affiliate link)
Note: If you purchased this packet or the Chemistry BUNDLE previously, be sure to check your PayPal email address for the update (which will have your download link) or contact me and I’ll get that for you! ~Liesl
The Electricty & Circuits Packet is now close to 50-pages. It is also included in our Chemistry BUNDLE.
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