Elementary Science Program


electricityCircuits & Pathways

Build a variety of electric circuits containing batteries, bulbs, and wires that will cause the bulbs to turn on:

  • Design and conduct an experiment to measure
    the effect of a variable on the brightness of a
    flashlight bulb

  • Explore how series and parallel circuits, switches, and fuses work and are used

  • Books for Kids
  • Teacher Resources
  • Web Sites
  • Tips and Hints

Books for Kids

Awesome Experiments in Electricity and Magnetism Michael Dispezio. Sterling, 1999. ISBN 0-8069-9819-9. Electricity, switches, circuits, and magnetism's connection to electricity are explained in a n entertaining style. Experiments and suggestions for more in-depth investigations extend the learning. (STC Literature Links)

The Lightbulb Joseph Wallace. Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 1999. ISBN 0-689-82816-0. The development of the light bulb is presented along with further advancements. The text is simple enough for elementary students to understand and the photographs make the book interesting. (STC Literature Links)

Book of Science Questions that Children Ask Jack Meyers. Boyds Mills Pr, 1995, ISBN 1563974789. An 11-year old reader from Broomall, Pa, writes "This book help me do my homework all the time. Trust me and buy this book." (amazon.com) Selected from back issues of Highlights for Children magazine, this collection of answers to over 350 children's questions about science covers a wide range of science topics. (ENC Focus, vol 8, No 3, 2001, p 92)

Teacher Resources

Material Properties and Change Curriculum Companion contains detailed resources tailored to modules dealing with energy. Take a look at the growing list of resources for this module. Background info, enrichment, interdisciplinary ideas, images, assessment, tips and comments, and kids web pages are all included in this useful site.

Electricity and Magnetism is another site providing background information for teachers. Clear diagrams enhance the material.

Circuits & Pathways


Web Sites

The Foss website has an interactive simulation in which students test the strength of an electromagnet. The magnet can be varied by changing the number of windings, the size of the wire, and the current.

Tips and Hints