• Crafting Circuits

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• Electric Circuits

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All electrical gadgets and gizmos need an electric current to work. To make it easier to learn about and make circuits, you will need to know the symbols for some components. In this chapter, you will learn about these…

• Work It, Circuits!

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The guiding question in this activity is,“How does a circuit work?” Old Christmas light strands work great for this activity to help students understand circuits. A detailed science behind the activity is provided.…

• Electrical Circuits: Promoting Learning Communities

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Direct current (DC) electricity flows through a closed circuit of people, and a battery-powered ball lights up. In this activity, the Energy Ball (or UFO Ball) is a Ping-Pong ball look-alike battery-powered ball that…

• Fourth-Grade Scientists Investigate Electric Circuits

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Trisha Kagey Boswell is a third-grade teacher at an elementary school in Montgomery County, Maryland, where she has taught for eight years. Her school is an art-integrated magnet school. When she wrote this chapter, she…

• Making the Connections: Addressing Students’ Misconceptions of Circuits

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Chapters 6–13 share grades 3–5 model lessons for putting the “explore-before-explain” mind-set into practice. In this chapter, elementary students explore phenomena related to understanding the question “Why do the…

• Making the Connection: Addressing Students’ Misconceptions of Circuits

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Chapters 6–9 share model lessons for putting the explore-before-explain mindset into practice using either a POE (Predict, Observe, and Explain) or 5E (Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate, and Evaluate) instructional…

• How Do You Think About the Flow of Electric Current Through a Circuit?

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The purpose of this assessment probe is to elicit students’ ideas about electric current. It is designed to identify the mental models students use to explain how electric current flows in a simple circuit. The probe is…

• Focus on Physics: Electric Power in a Parallel Circuit With an Automobile Battery

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Bulb-battery teaching demonstration explains voltage, current, and power in parallel circuits with the aid of a common automobile battery.

• Disequilibrium: A Human Circuit

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This column shows how to use discrepant events to confront misconceptions. This month’s discrepant event involves creating a human circuit using gadgets.

• Shoe Box Circuits

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Students’ eyes grow wide with wonder as they get a motor to work or make a bulb light for the first time. As these daunting feats of electrical engineering remind us, teaching electricity is invariably rewarding and…