Challenge your students to restore electricity to their town using objects they find in the classroom! This NGSS hands on exploration starts with a story that puts your students in the Mayor’s office during an electrical outage caused by a storm that is raging through your town (something they’ve probably experienced this winter!).
Due to unusual circumstances the Mayor is alone at Town Hall when the power goes out. The roads are closed and the phones are not working. The Mayor alone has to use a variety of everyday objects to close the circuit, turn on the light, and restore power to the town!
Kids love to imagine that they are in charge. Couple this enthusiasm with a hands on electricity experiment and you will have a lesson they won’t forget! The story leads them through a dark and stormy night at town hall and allows them to experiment until they find the materials that will close the circuit and light up the bulb.
After saving the day, students create a table listing their observations and categorizing materials as conductors or insulators. This is a classic 4th grade exploration that prepares students for the performance section of the NYS science test in an engaging way. With a little imagination, and time to explore, students will be full of questions and ready to learn more!
What do you need for this challenge?
“Can you Close the Circuit Story” (download here for free!), a “D” Battery in a holder, 3 Alligator clips, a bulb in holder, a rubber band, penny, paperclip, button, string, an eraser and a brass fastener.
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