Curriculum Archive: Activity Two
Circuits and Electricity!
What's This All About?
a. Electricity lab [kit]
b. Citation: Fresno, Calif. : AIMS Education Foundation, c1993
c. Category: Physical Artifact/ Kit
a. What is a Circuit?
b. Citation: Weingarten, Ethan. (2013). What is a circuit?. Gareth Stevens Publishing.
c. Category: Document/ Book
Once the student observations are all shared the teacher will get out a copy of What is a Circuit? and begin reading. As the teacher reads the book, she pauses to highlight new terms, such as circuit and current electricity, as well as any terms that the students discussed in their observations. She makes sure to connect parts of the book back to the experiment as she reads through the book.
Once she has finished reading, the class has another discussion. This time they talk about how their observations related to book, giving technical terms such as, closed circuit and conductors, to explain their original observations. The students will then draw a picture of a closed circuit and in the middle of the circuit write down two of their original observations using the technical terms from the book.
Method/ Learning Style
This particular approach to inquiry-based learning that the activity takes is called, learning cycle. With learning cycle, the students experiment and gain an understanding of a new topic before being formally introduced to the formal jargon. In this case, the students try to make the light bulb light, and figure out the importance of a closed circuit before being told about them. It gives the students a better framework for understanding the new topics.