Electric Circuits for Teachers of Grades K–8
This comprehensive professional development course for grades K–8 science teachers provides all the necessary ingredients for building a scientific way of thinking in teachers and students, focusing on science content, inquiry, and literacy.
Electricity is everywhere in our day-to-day lives — it lights our homes at night, powers the radios we listen to on our morning drive, and even controls our breathing and heartbeat. But what exactly is electricity? This course seeks to to answer that question through a variety of common student circuit investigations using bulbs, batteries, and wires. While it’s incredibly satisfying to discover that you can create light using nothing more than a bulb, a battery, and a wire, this course delves deeper to consider cause and effect relationships between how a circuit is wired and whether or not the bulb will light, and explores the invisible world of electrical current and resistance. Hands-on science experiments offer teachers a chance to puzzle about tricky series, parallel, and network circuits, and consider the role of the battery. Through a sequence of investigations, teachers weigh the benefits and limitations of a variety of circuit models, explore the use of symbols as tools for effectively communicating, and engage in rich, evidence-based discussions about the tradeoffs of student experiments that use light as an indicator of electrical current.
ELECTRIC CIRCUITS OVERVIEW (PDF)
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