Teaching Circuits Is Child's Playby: Lorri Sapp

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Although all the basics were covered in a traditional unit on electricity, it felt like something was missing—would the students be able to apply their knowledge of circuits to real-world situations. In this activity, the reengineered electricity unit was a success. Students had the chance to apply their knowledge to visualize circuits at work in the real world.

Grades
  • Middle
Publication Date
3/1/1999

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  • on Fri Sep 28, 2012 12:01 PM

After a unit on electricity, students were asked to bring in the owner’s manual from a small battery operated device. Small groups looked at the manual to identify the circuit for the device. Students got to play the game “Operation” and “Bed Bugs”. For assessment purposes, each student had to diagram a circuit from one of the games they played. Upon completion of this students had to design a simple toy that used a simple circuit. This ensured that students both understood the concepts and were able to apply them. Great Idea!

Adah  (San Antonio, TX)
Adah (San Antonio, TX)


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