This is the fourth lab of the unit and focuses on potential difference as applied to the electricity/water analogy and basic hands-on DC circuit construction.


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Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


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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 explore current electricity using a water analogy, and later, by constructing simple circuits. The resource includes detailed lesson objectives and clear guiding question, a materials list, procedures and suggested assessment. Student worksheets are exceptionally organized and clear, and include questions throughout the investigation. 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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