Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a range of sources

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This online resource is a lesson plan for a hands-on activity where students test a range of materials to determine if they make good switches.

The resource includes downloadable worksheets to enable students to easily record their results and answer questions.

Plenty of background information is provided for the teacher so as to make this a very thorough lesson.

Will it conduct?

This online resource provides a lesson plan for a hands-on activity where students build a conductivity tester to explore the difference between electrical conductors and insulators.

The resource provides details on how to build the conductivity tester from a battery, light bulb and wires. It also lists a number of solid and liquid substances that can be tested to determine if they are conductors or insulators. Worksheets are available on the site for students to record their results and answer questions.

Does salt water conduct?

This online resource gives details for a practical activity where students build a saltwater circuit; an electrical circuit that uses salt water as part of the circuit.

Students can investigate the conductivity of salt water, and develop an understanding of how the amount of salt in a solution impacts on how much electrical current flows through the circuit.

They can also learn about one real-world application of a saltwater circuit—a desalination plant.

Energy transfer and storage

This online resource explores energy transference and storage.

The resource explores energy and how it can be transferred from one place to another in a variety of forms. It also reviews the basic concepts of energy.

The resource covers heat and temperature and introduces students to energy transfer diagrams. It also explores sources of renewable and non-renewable energy and how energy is stored and generated.

This resource has links to the cross-curricular priority of sustainability as it examines renewable energy sources.

It's electrifying - PrimaryConnections

This PrimaryConnections unit develops students understanding of the role of electrons in transferring energy in electrical circuits. The students participate in investigations and hands-on activities to explain how battery operated devices such as torches, work. They also examine batteries, light bulbs, switches, conductors and insulators to gain an understanding of electrical energy. 


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