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Physics: Static Electricity Discuss this eTheme.

These sites explain what static electricity is and how it works. Covers the topics of atoms, electrons, and protons. Includes several illustrations, an animated movie, a radio talk, and many hands-on science experiments. There are links to eThemes resources on general overview of electricity, current electricity, circuits, conductors, and batteries.

Grades

  • 4,
  • 5,
  • 6,
  • 7,
  • 8

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These sites explain what static electricity is and how it works. Covers the topics of atoms, electrons and protons. Includes several illustrations, animated movies, lesson plans, and many hands-on science experiments. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This interactive site explains electricity and static electricity. You can manipulate graphics online to better understand the concepts. Click the arrow to start.
Explore these links to see photos of sparks and to find out more about this generator at MIT.
Read more about the basics of static electricity and what causes it. Includes a quiz at the end. Scroll down the page and click on the "Experiments with Static Electricity" link for hands-on practice. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This site gives an overview of static electricity and includes helpful illustrations. NOTE: The site includes ads.
Watch the movie and learn about static electricity with Tim and Moby. Do not forget to take a quiz, conduct an experiment, and practice new scientific words on the "Activity Page". NOTE: The web site is available by subscription only.
This site includes instructions for making an electroscope and also links to three other activities on static electricity (see #2 under instructions). NOTE: This site includes a message board.
This is another hands-on activity about static electricity. This one explains how it is similar to lightning.
In this lesson plan, students can examine static electricity by using an electrically charged comb to attract things.
Try this science activity and see how static electricity can produce sparks.
Follow these instructions and use static electricity to have a race with cans and balloons.
This fun science experiment shows you how to make plastic "fleas" jump by using static electricity.
This 14-pages PDF lesson plan is designed for forth-graders and includes suggested discussions, activities, worksheets, and illustrations on atoms and static and current electricity.
Here is the first four lessons on static electricity that are meant to help students understand that static electricity is a phenomenon involving positive and negative charges.
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.
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.
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.

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