# ALEX Classroom Resource

## Circuits With Friends

Classroom Resource Information

Title:

Circuits With Friends

URL:

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/activity/circuits-friends/

Content Source:

National Geographic
Type: Learning Activity

Overview:

In this activity, students explore the parts of a circuit by modeling, as a group, a “human” circuit.

Content Standard(s):
 Science SC2015 (2015) Grade: 4 2 ) Plan and carry out investigations that explain transference of energy from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. a. Provide evidence that heat can be produced in many ways (e.g., rubbing hands together, burning leaves) and can move from one object to another by conduction. b. Demonstrate that different objects can absorb, reflect, and/or conduct energy. c. Demonstrate that electric circuits require a complete loop through which an electric current can pass. NAEP Framework NAEP Statement:: P4.11: Electricity flowing through an electrical circuit produces magnetic effects in the wires. In an electrical circuit containing a battery, a bulb, and a bell, energy from the battery is transferred to the bulb and the bell, which in turn transfer the energy to their surroundings as light, sound, and heat (thermal energy). NAEP Statement:: P4.2: Objects vary in the extent to which they absorb and reflect light and conduct heat (thermal energy) and electricity. NAEP Statement:: P4.7: Heat (thermal energy), electricity, light, and sound are forms of energy.§ NAEP Statement:: P4.8: Heat (thermal energy) results when substances burn, when certain kinds of materials rub against each other, and when electricity flows though wires. Metals are good conductors of heat (thermal energy) and electricity. Increasing the temperature of any substance requires the addition of energy. Unpacked Content Scientific And Engineering Practices:Planning and Carrying out Investigations; Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions; Developing and Using ModelsCrosscutting Concepts: Energy and MatterDisciplinary Core Idea: EnergyEvidence Of Student Attainment:Students: Plan and carry out investigations that explain transference of energy from place to place by sound. Plan and carry out investigations that explain transference of energy from place to place by light. Plan and carry out investigations that explain transference of energy from place to place by heat. Plan and carry out investigations that explain transference of energy from place to place by electric currents. Provide evidence that heat can be produced in many ways. Provide evidence that heat can move from one object to another by conduction. Demonstrate that different objects can absorb energy. Demonstrate that different objects can reflect energy. Demonstrate that different objects can conduct energy. Demonstrate that electric circuits require a complete loop for the electric current to pass through.Teacher Vocabulary:Construct Transfer Energy Potential energy Kinetic energy Friction Conduction Absorb Reflect Circuit Open circuit Close circuit Heat Radiation Convection Collision Motion Electrical energy Stored energyKnowledge:Students know: Energy is present whenever there are moving objects, sound, light, or heat. The transfer of energy, including the following: Collisions between objects. Light traveling from one place to another. Electric currents producing motion, sound, heat, or light. Sound traveling from one place to another. Heat passing from one object to another. Motion, sound, heat, and light causing a different type of energy to be observed after an interaction. Heat is produced in many ways. Heat can move via conduction. The properties of different objects cause them to be able to absorb, reflect, and/or conduct energy. Electric currents pass through a circuit.Skills:Students are able to: Collaboratively plan and carry out an investigation that converts energy one form to another. Identify the phenomenon. Identify the evidence to address the purpose of the investigation. Collect the data. Construct an explanation using evidence about heat production. Develop a model demonstrating that different objects can absorb, reflect, and/or conduct energy. Develop a model demonstrating electric circuits.Understanding:Students understand that: Energy can be transferred in various ways and between objects. Heat energy can be produced in many ways. The properties of objects, e.g. ability to absorb, reflect, or conduct energy, relate to their function. Electric energy can be transferred through circuits.AMSTI Resources:AMSTI Module: Energy and Waves Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards AAS Standard: SCI.AAS.4.2- Recognize different sources of heat; Identify materials that are conductors of heat, such as metals.
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