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Electricity: Circuits, Conductors, and Batteries Discuss this eTheme.

These sites have lots of illustrations and animations that demonstrate how electricity, circuits, and batteries work. Learn the difference between conductors and insulators and the difference between series circuits and parallel circuits. Includes a lesson plan, suggested activities, hands-on experiments, and online games and quizzes. There are links to eThemes resources on electrical safety, current and static electricity.

Grades

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  • 6,
  • 7

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This animated feature demonstrates the difference between alternating and direct currents. Click on "Gallery" for photographs of Thomas Edison and samples of his recordings. Click on "Timeline" for important events in his life. NOTE: This site contains ads.
This is a good interactive site to help students understand circuits. The topics cover circuits, symbols, and switches. Follow through the slides, then test your knowledge by taking a quiz or an online activity. Also includes a fact sheet and test.
Watch an animated movie and learn about electricity, electrical circuits, and conductors and insulators. After watching the movie, take a quiz, do an experiment with conductors, and learn new words on the "Activity Page". NOTE: The web site is available by subscription only.
This site has three different activities on electricity: safety, static, and fruity electricity experiments.
Learn about circuits and then try the experiment. Includes a teacher's guide.
Click on "Launch Gizmo" for an interactive explanation of electricity and currents. Note: Shockwave Player is required.
This is an animated feature about electricity, circuits, and conductivity. Includes information about parallel and series circuits.
Follow a link to review a concept of electrical conductors and insulators. Then play online games or take a quiz about electrical conductors.
Down load this simulation onto your computer and experiment with conductivity of various materials.
Learn how to make a battery out of pennies. This is a two-page PDF.
Conduct this experiment and build a battery from two lemons, paperclips, and pennies.
This is a four-part unit on static electricity and lightning. Includes nature of static electricity, where to find it, causes of sparks and lightning, and uses of static electricity. Note: This site has links to external sites.
Play the game and find out whether listed materials on the left insulators or conductors.
Click on each topic to learn about electricity. The topics include electrical charge, electric current and circuits, circuit symbols, series circuits and parallel circuits, measuring current and voltage, current in series circuits, using switches, energy in electrical circuits. Includes animated diagrams.
Find out how series and parallel circuits work. Click on the pizza to begin the activity.
A 6-page PDF has worksheets and an experiment for comparing series and parallel circuits. NOTE: This site will be accessed on a seven-day trial period.
These sites include tips for awareness and prevention of electrical hazards. Students learn how to be safe with electricity inside and outside of their homes. Includes safety tips about lightning and power lines.
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.
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.

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