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During this activity, students will brush up on their electricity knowledge by creating a pop-up card with a circuit attached. We encourage that you let your students try without assistance from the teacher. This will help your students put their knowledge and memory to the test helping your students truly understand and remember how to complete a simple circuit.

Recommended Grade 3rd grade
Sciece Topic Electricity

NC Science Standard: Force and Motion
4.P.1 Explain how various forces affect the motion of an object.
EX.4.P.1.2 Explain how electrically charged objects push or pull on other electrically charged objects and produce motion.

NGSS: Engineering
3-5-ETS1-1. Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.
3-5-ETS1-2. Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
3-5-ETS1-3. Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.


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Learning Outcomes

1. Full understanding on how to complete a simple circuit
2. Ability to do it from memory
3. Failing-Up
4. Practicing Patience


-Aluminum foil/copper tape
-LED lights
-Construction paper
-Scotch Tape
-Index Cards
-Hole punchers

1. Pre-cut 2 squares of aluminum foil per student


*Before starting this activity, the students must decide who the card is for and what will pop-up inside the card*
How to make the pop-up card:
1. Give every student 2 pieces of cardstock and a pair of scissors
2. Take 1 piece of cardstock and fold it in half horizontally or "hamgburger" style
3. Have each student cut two, 1-2inch slits, about 2-3 inches apart on the seam side of the paper. (the long side that doesn't open)
4. Have them open the paper and push the rectangular shape they cut through the hole
5. It should now look like a seat or a bench
6. When you close the paper it should look like a piece is missing from the paper

How to create the circuit:
*Again, it is suggested you try and let the students create the circuit on their own from memory if possible**
1. Have them draw on the index card before creating the circuit
2. Have them hole punch where they would like to insert their light
3. Draw the circuit before taping down foil or copper tape
4. Have them tape down copper tape and foil
5. Attach the battery
6, Attach the LED by taping it in place

Combining Both
1. Open the pop-up card and flatten it on top of the other piece of cardstock
2. Staple the top edges of the papers together as well as the the bottom edges together
3. Close in half together
4. Decorate the title page

Have students talk about what they could and could not remember

Time Estimation: 60-75 minutes


We completed this activity with 2nd graders to introduce circuits. We found that this activity would be more successful in a higher grade after they have had experience creating a simple circuit and using it as a refresher activity.

We have not completed this activity with 3rd graders yet as a refresher activity, but expect much better results.