Small Sparks to Get Us Goingby: William C. Robertson, Ph.D.

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Judging from the title of this chapter, you might guess that this book begins with a few basics about electricity, and you'd be right. Other than that great guess work of yours, you might be wondering why the book is about electricity and magnetism. Is there any special reason to put these two areas of science together? The answer is yes. In fact, the connection between electricity and magnetism is so strong that you can actually view them as the same thing.

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  • on Wed May 04, 2011 8:27 PM

I love Bill Robertson’s Faking It! Series. I used this chapter with my elementary National Board candidates to help them understand what big ideas of science look like and how to plan rich and engaging lessons from materials that are readily at hand. This chapter gave the teachers a great look at how students learn about electricity from simple materials. Bill has written the entire book in an amusing manner that keeps the ideas fresh and leaves you wanting to learn more. The concepts are presented in a way I can immediately use them with students while providing them with a strong science understanding. The elementary students found the investigations interesting and couldn’t wait to get home to tell their parents what they learned. Parents loved seeing their children so excited about learning. The activities are easy to do with materials that are easily accessible both in the classroom and when the students go home to share with their parents. The Sci Links are a bon

Sandra Gady  (Renton, WA)
Sandra Gady (Renton, WA)

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