This is the first lab of the unit and focuses on charging by friction, attraction/repulsion, polarization of charge and induction.


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


static shock charging electricity magnetism middle school science emag induction field



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SCI.8.1.A: Science

demonstrate safe practices during laboratory and field investigations as outlined in the Texas Safety Standards; and
Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 3, as of 2009-09-18.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 3
Content Accuracy: 3
Appropriate Pedagogy: 3

Reviewer Comments:

In this activity, middle school students use common household materials to demonstrate basic concepts of static electricity. The resource includes detailed lesson objectives, a materials list, procedures and suggested assessment. Student worksheets are exceptionally organized and clear, and include questions throughout the investigation, as well as a more formal assessment at the end of the activity. Answer keys are provided for all student assessment and anticipated lab results. All handouts are uploaded as both a Word document and a pdf, for the user’s downloading preference. This focused and well-developed activity can be used immediately in the classroom.
Curriki Review System
September 18, 2009

This lab activity is part of the larger resource Hands-on Electricity and Magnetism, which received a rating of 3-Exemplary in the Curriki Review System. You can learn more about this larger resource by reading its review and comments.

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