Batteries Includedby: Karen Ansberry and Emily Morgan

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Learners make drawing of what they think might be inside “energy balls,” small plastic spheres that light up and buzz. After investigating simple circuits using batteries, bulbs, and wires, they learn that electricity needs a complete loop to flow. Learners then revise their drawings and find out what makes the energy balls work. They also take apart simple, battery-operated children’s toys to find out how work.

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  • on Wed Sep 04, 2013 10:44 AM

This book chapter recommends some books to use with a unit on electricity. It also has some simple lesson plans for electricity that require very little equipment. The activities explore several aspects of electricity. My favorite is the energy balls which are a lot of fun for students to explore!!!

Betty Paulsell  (Kansas City, MO)
Betty Paulsell (Kansas City, MO)

  • on Thu Apr 12, 2012 2:57 PM

This book chapter outlines a fantastic inquiry lesson on electricity. Using a favorite picture book, Too Many Toys, as a launching point, students engage in an investigation using energy balls to complete circuits. Students also take apart toys to explore what is inside. The lesson includes complete instructions, teacher notes, and reproducibles.

Maureen Stover  (Fayetteville, NC)
Maureen Stover (Fayetteville, NC)

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