Author:
Neisha
Subject:
Science
Material Type:
Lesson Plan
Level:
Upper Elementary
Grade:
5
Tags:
  • Circuit
  • upperelem
    License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial
    Language:
    English
    Media Formats:
    Interactive, Video

    Circuits

    Circuits

    Overview

    This lesson will have students compare and contrast parallel circuits and series circuits.

    Watch Videos

    Prerequisits

    Vocabulary: Circuit, electricity, power source, atoms, electrons

    1. Watch each video whole class. The pause button is your friend. Pause occasionally to do any of the following.

    -Partner discussions

    -Students explain in their own words what they just saw

    -Say it another way

    -Describe what is happening on the screen.

    1. Watch the videos

    Compare and Contrast

    Students will now make a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast the two types of circuits. Check off their work and take care of any misconceptions. 

    Make a Venn Diagram to compare and contrast parallel circuits and series circutis. You can use the digital source provided OR make one on paper.

    Pass it off with your teacher before moving on.

    Recreate Circuits

    Students will use the resource to recreate the circuits to demonstrate their learning. 

    Go to the PhET Circuit Construction Kit and recreate a parallel circuit and a series circuit. Take a screen shot to turn in.