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Electricity and Circuits PowerPoint Presentation

Google Slides, PowerPoint | 27 pages|Grades: 4 - 5

Use our editable teaching presentation to break down the fundamentals of electricity and circuits for your students.

You know that helplessness you feel when the power goes out?

Ironically, it’s both the literal and figurative powerlessness that makes us realize how often we take electricity for granted.

No lights. No refrigeration. No heat or air conditioning. No hot water.

No comfort.

And if widespread enough, there’s no telling how long it will be before it’s fixed.

That’s because powering up gadgets that use electricity might seem as easy as flipping a switch. But in reality, electrical circuits are an intricate system of electrons and conductors working harmoniously to sustain our modern world.

In this teaching presentation, you will guide your students in understanding the elements of energy found in electricity and circuits.

How to Use Electricity and Circuits Lesson with Your Students

This teaching presentation was designed for a classroom setting to introduce and discuss the concepts of:

  • Atoms
  • Electrons
  • Electrical energy
  • Static electricity
  • Current electricity
  • Conductors
  • Insulators
  • Circuits

Specifically, by looking at examples of electrical energy, students will walk away from this lesson with the ability to:

  • Define electrical energy
  • Compare the properties of static and current electricity
  • Differentiate between conductors and insulators
  • Describe and identify the parts of a circuit
  • Explain what happens when a circuit is complete or incomplete

Students can use this presentation as a reference or guide when working on any activity or classwork where students are working to identify the parts used in an electric circuit. For example:

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Pre-Lesson Activity

Students can be assigned this presentation as independent reading, either at home or prior to starting the lesson together as a group. Ask students to provide examples of each of the vocabulary words to assess their understanding.

Turn & Talk

Ask students to write questions on a sticky note as the resource is presented, then put students into groups of 3 or 4 to help each other answer the questions on their sticky notes.

Be the Teacher

As a post-lesson activity, ask students what they would put on a quiz if they were the teacher. Ask students to write their own 5-question quiz using the information in the presentation. Then have them trade papers with another student to take the quiz.

Preparing This Resource for Your Students

Project this presentation on your smartboard or other projection devices.

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This resource was created by Gaby Perez, a teacher in Texas and a Teach Starter Collaborator.

Looking for a way to keep your students engaged throughout the presentation? Download the guided notes that go along with this PowerPoint. Simply click on the link below!

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