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Static Electricity

Static Electricity!

Static Electricity!

Static Electricity!

Project Description (7)

During this activity, students will gain a better understanding of static electricity through 3 interactive stations. These stations will help students understand what is happening by breaking down static electricity step by step.

Recommended Grade 4th grade
Category
S.
T.
E.
A.
M.
Sciece Topic Electricity
Standards

Force and Motion: NC Standards
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.

Content

see Current Events

Learning Outcomes

1. Ability to understand static electricity at a deeper level
2. Ability to explain what static electricity is and how it is created
3. Failing-Up
4. Practicing Patience

Materials

Bending Water http://www.thenakedscientists.com/HTML/experiments/exp/bending-water-static-attraction/
-Access to a sink/Faucet
-Balloons

Soda Can Races https://www.exploratorium.edu/science_explorer/roller.html
-Soda Cans
-Balloons

Lightning Bolts http://www.education.com/activity/article/static_electricity_lightening/
-Aluminum pie plates
-Styrofoam (the kind they pack with electronics)
-Glue
-Ballpoint pens
-Thumbtacks
-Wool socks

Light up a Light Bulb using a Balloon http://www.sciencemadesimple.com/static_electricity_projects.html (Project 3)
-Fluorescent Light bulbs
-Balloons

Directions

Before Class
1. Set up all the stations with materials needed

During Class
1. Introduce and explain all 3 stations to the students
2. Introduce the content of static electricity found above
3. Break students into 3 groups
4. Have them work through each station giving them about 7-10 minutes per station

Debrief
1. Review the content and have them tell you about their experience related to the content
2. Figure out which station they enjoyed the most and least and why
3. Talk about what is a conductor and insulator when it comes to static electricity

Time Estimate 45-60 minutes

Comments

We have not yet done this activity with our 4th graders. We plan on it this year and are expecting a good response from our students and hoping they gain a good understanding of static electricity.