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Electricity Lessons 1-2: Sec 4 ST & EST

Electricity- Preamble Lessons 1 & 2
Material world: Electricity
Unit & topic
Electricity is the movement of electrons due to the force of repulsion between charges.
Big ideas
To understand how charged particles interact and how this interaction is fundamental to how electricity works
- Interacting charges have a force in between them; this force is what will be able to do work and effect change
goals - We can calculate the force in between two charge particles at rest using Coulomb’s Law
- We can draw the electrical force fields around particles and charged objects
- Some materials allow charge and electrons to pass easily through them because the atoms in the material have
delocalized electrons (conductors)
- Materials without free electrons inhibit flow (insulators)

Progressions of learning: Science & Tech competencies:
Curriculum &
a. Electrical charge 1. Seeks answers or solutions to scientific or
competencies i. Associates elementary particles with their electrical charges technological problems
ii. Describes the behavior of electrical charges of opposite signs 2. Makes the most of his/her knowledge of science
or of the same sign when close together and technology
h. Coulomb’s law
i. Applies the mathematical relationship between the electrical Cross-curricular competencies:
force, the magnitude of the electrical charges and the distance 1. Solves problems
separating these charges (F = kq1q2/r2) 2. Cooperates with others (Lesson 2)
g. Electrical field
i. Describes qualitatively the effect of an electrical field on Broad areas of learning: none
electrically charged particles.
b. Static electricity
i. Describes static electricity as the transfer of electrons from one
body to another

- To practice teaching at a suitable rhythm and allow thinking time for students when asking questions
- To keep the class’ attention on the lesson and maintain a good class flow
To communicate clearly in the language of instruction, both orally and in writing, using correct grammar, in various contexts
related to teaching.
competencies To plan, organize and supervise a class in such a way as to promote students’ learning and social development.
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Electricity Lessons 1-2: Sec 4 ST & EST

If there is no time to do the calculating charge practice in class, it will be homework.
The material covered in this LP will be evaluated in an exam at the end of the unit.
Differentiation/ All materials will be made accessible to students online. Students who need to be active and contribute during class will be
given several opportunities to do so. Multimedia learning is incorporated into lesson plans with videos, demonstrations and
Inclusion hands-on activities. In-class time is given to work on homework.

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Electricity Lessons 1-2: Sec 4 ST & EST

Lesson 1: Introduction to Electricity & Calculating Charges
Big idea Electricity is the movement of electrons due to the force of repulsion between them.
Materials Lesson 1 PowerPoint, Calculating Charges worksheet
Set-up PowerPoint open in SmartBoard, videos prepped and ready

Time Teacher activities Student activities
10 mins Current event share: Event horizon telescope will be imaging the Watch video
black hole at the center of the Milky Way Galaxy (Sagitarrius A). Share any science current events

Introduction to electricity PowerPoint:
8 mins a) What is electricity? Elicit student’s ideas and write them on Share ideas and previous knowledge
the board
3 mins b) What is electricity video

8 mins c) Charges and how to measure them

8 mins d) Electrical forces and fields Electrical fields- have students draw the field lines
for one of the two
8 mins e) Calculating charge Try practice calculation

12 mins f) Conductors vs. insulators Elicit student’s ideas about what makes a
conductor vs. insulator
3 mins g) (optional: Video from Hydro Quebec)

15 mins In class practice: Calculating charges worksheet Work on Calculating charges (Coulomb’s law
May get additional time to work on this on Thursday, Due: Friday worksheet)
Total time: 75 mins (1.5 classes)

* Terry, we have already completed up to electrical forces and fields. We will be beginning with the current event, however.
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Lesson 2: Static Electricity
Big idea Electrons can move between objects upon contact; electrons can rearrange within an object if a charge object is brought near.
Materials Static electricity worksheet, balloons, pieces of fur.
Set-up Worksheet under projector camera.

Time Teacher activities Student activities
6 mins Introduction: Go over the top of the worksheet Follow along
* Correct worksheet: in the table where it sys conduction is with a
positively charged object and induction is with a negatively charged

10 mins Fill out the table Contribute ideas and fill out their table

6 mins Prep students to do Part II, scenario A: Follow along
- Charges of objects must be drawn on before and after
- Electron flow must be drawn on during
- Only the objects involved in charging event should be drawn

Draw outlines of person and chair for scenario A

20 mins Send students off to do charging event and finish drawing Students rub their bottoms on the chairs and give
diagrams themselves electric shocks by touching metal
Students draw diagrams on worksheet indicating
how the electrons are transferred during this event
8 mins Regroup and make class diagrams on worksheet Contribute answers.
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Electricity Lessons 1-2: Sec 4 ST & EST

15 mins Scenario B: Send students off to do charging event and Students charge balloons with fur and approach
diagrams them to the wall
Students draw diagrams on worksheet

Students draw the electrical fields around the
balloons on the back page.
Calculate the charge between the balloons for Part
10 mins Regroup: Go over Scenario B, Part III and Part IV.

Total time: 75 mins (1.5 classes)