Physics: Current Electricity
These sites explain nature of current electricity. Here kids can learn about directions of electrons’ flow, differences between direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) electricity, and compare current to static electricity. The sites include photos, videos, hands-on activities, lesson plans, and simulations. There are links to eThemes resource on overview of electricity, static electricity, and circuits, conductors, and batteries.
Learn how current electricity was discovered and how it has been used in different types of batteries. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Learn about current electricity. Scroll down the page and follow links to learn more about electricity.
Physics: Current Electricity
Advance through the site from page to page to learn about current electricity, its flow direction, measurement, and take a quiz. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Alternating Current (AC) Electricity
Learn about alternating current electricity and where it can be found. Scroll down the page to take a mini-quiz. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Direct Current (DC) Electricity
This online lesson explains the difference between static and two types of current electricity: AC and DC. Includes an animated image and quiz. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Activity: Electricity and Tennis Balls
This hands-on activity demonstrates how direct current electricity works. The activity requires a use of tennis balls and help of students for "role-playing" of a battery and a bulb.
Select "Revise" button under the Current and Voltage section to learn about current electricity, batteries, and voltage then take a test. NOTE: The site leads to websites with ads.
BBC: Changing Circuits
Try out this online experiment and practice assembling electrical circuits. Kids can revise the material and take a quiz.
PBS: Edison's Miracle of Light
Learn the difference between AC and DC. Click on different objects on interactive illustration to learn more about them and what part they get to play in generating electricity.
Dialog for Kids: Electricity
Find information about electricity as a form of energy. View the comparison table of static and current electricity. Includes images, photos, and movies.
Lesson Plan: Electric Circuits
This lesson plan is designed for third - six graders. During the lesson kids will model their own electrical circuits using simple materials. The lesson includes short online videos on how to create a door alarm and a steadiness tester.
This nine-page PDF describes two activities designed for kids to work as a whole class and in smaller groups to design and test conductivity of provided materials.
Quia: Electric Charge, Force, and Current
Play matching, concentration, and a word search games on electric charges and currents.
Circuit Construction Kit Simulation
Download this simulation and practice building virtual electrical circuits.
eThemes Resources: Electricity: Overview
These sites provide basic information and an overview about electricity. Learn what electricity is, where it comes from, and what the sources of electrical energy are. There are also topics on electrical safety and electricity consumption as well as statistics. Includes lesson plans, online activities, experiments, games, and quizzes. There are also links to eThemes Resources on electrical safety, static and current electricity, and circuits, conductors, and batteries.
eThemes Resources: Electricity: Circuits, Conductors, and Batteries
These sites have lots of illustrations and animations that demonstrate how electricity, circuits, and batteries work. Learn the difference between conductors and insulators. Includes suggested activities, hands-on experiments, and online quizzes. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on electrical safety.
eThemes Resource: Physics: Static Electricity
Learn about static electricity and how it works. Covers the topics of atoms, electrons and protons. Includes several illustrations, photos, animated movies, and many hands-on science experiments.