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Forms of Energy (Electricity)

Learning Targets

  • Evaluate static and current electricity as forms of energy

  • Use models to demonstrate how electrical currents provide a means of transferring electrical energy in parallel and series circuits


Students will be taking this test on the computer through D2L/Brightspace. The reason we are moving from paper to digital is to help students feel more comfortable with computer tests. State testing is online this year and I want my students to feel ready! Science is the last class to transition to computer tests so most students are already comfortable with the format.

To help with the transition to computer tests in science class, I will provide an optional paper copy of the test if students would like to take the test on paper, then transfer their answers to D2L/Brightspace.

Test Dates:

purple day: Thursday, February 26th

red day: Friday, February 27th

Test Reflection

We will also complete our test reflections through Google Classroom. The class period following the test, your child will "Share" their test reflection through email with you. This will allow you to view their score, read about their study habits, and receive retake information. No more signing that piece of paper! As always, I am happy to answer specific questions about your child's test.

Study Guide

TEST: Purple day – Thursday, Feb 26th Red day - Friday, Feb 27th

Use the following items from classwork/homework to help you study. These are the items we discussed in class. You have them in your Google Classroom and/or paper copies.

  1. Electricity Notes in Google Classroom or paper copy (includes websites, quizzes and videos). The teacher copy will be posted in Google Classroom before the test.

  2. Electricity Homework (Static Electricity and Current Electricity) in Google Classroom. We completed and checked these in class. Answer keys are also in Google Classroom.

  3. Electricity Extra Resources in Google Classroom.

Be sure you can…

  • Define and give examples of insulators and conductors

  • Define and give examples of static charge and electric current.

  • Identify behavior of charged particles (like charges repel, opposite charges attract)

  • Explain the term magnet.

  • Explain the term resistor.

  • Describe what happens when a short circuit occurs.

  • Describe the purpose of fuses and circuit breakers.

  • Describe the purpose of a lightning rod and how it works.

  • Identify and describe series circuits and parallel circuits.

  • Compare and contrast series circuits and parallel circuits.

  • Draw a complete circuit and label the four parts.

Study items

Please ask your child to show you Google Classroom (and/or paper copies if he/she chose that option). All items used in class can be found in this one easy location. Please note some items are still a work in progress since we are still learning and recording our observations!

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Categorize materials as pure substances (i.e., elements, compounds) or mixtures (i.e. homogenous or heterogeneous).