It’s Electric! Unit Plan

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It’s Electric! Unit Plan

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7 x Lessons | This unit is suitable for Grades: 5 - 6

This Physical Sciences unit addresses the principles of electricity. It explores what electricity is, how it is transferred and how energy is transformed to create it.

It consists of 7 lessons of approximately 60 minutes duration.

The sequence of lessons and suggested time frames should be regarded as a guide only; teachers should pace lessons in accordance with the individual learning needs of their class.

An assessment task for monitoring student understanding of the unit objectives is included and will require an additional lesson.

Teachers are encouraged to collect samples of students’ work throughout the unit to add to a learning portfolio. These can also be used to assess students’ understanding of the unit objectives.

For further insight into this exciting resource, read our blog What is Electricity? A Bright Spark’s Teaching Guide.

 Lessons

Lesson 1 60 minutes

What is Electricity?

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A 60 minute lesson designed to introduce the physical science of electricity.

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Lesson 2 60 minutes

Wired Up! - Building Electrical Circuits

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will read and draw circuit diagrams.

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Lesson 3 60 minutes

Feeling the Flow - Electrical Conductors and Insulators

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will classify objects as conductors or insulators of electricity.

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Lesson 4 60 minutes

Shine Bright, Electric Light!

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how changes to electrical circuits affect their components.

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Lesson 5 60 minutes

Transforming Energy Into Electricity

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate how moving air and water can turn turbines to generate electricity.

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Lesson 6 60 minutes

Solar Electricity

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will investigate the use of solar panels and determine if they are a viable source of electricity.

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Lesson 7 60 minutes

Is It Sustainable? Evaluating Sources of Electricity

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A 60 minute lesson in which students will consider whether energy sources are sustainable.

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Lesson 8 (Assessment) 30 minutes

Electricity Explained

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An assessment task in which students will demonstrate an understanding of energy transfer and transformation when generating electricity.

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NSW Curriculum alignment

Victorian Curriculum alignment

  • VCSSU081

    Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy

  • VCSSU081

    Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity; electric circuits enable this energy to be transferred to another place and then to be transformed into another form of energy

Australian Curriculum alignment


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