Saturday, May 26, 2012

It's Electric!!!!

I am new to fourth grade this year and for some reason I was very nervous about the science unit on "Electricity."  It ended up being fun and the kids loved it.

I found a great unit on TPT that covered all my standards. (well worth the money)
Click image to link.

We read several trade books and used the chapters on electricity from Sciencesaurus (Great Science Text for Elementary Kids):

Time For Kids: Thomas Edison: A Brilliant InventorGreat Source Sciencesaurus: Student Handbook Grades 4 - 5

The Magic School Bus And The Electric Field TripElectricity (True Books)
Switch On, Switch Off (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)

Watched several educational videos and clips:

Free Video Clips

Great video clips but need a membership for brain pop

Created a Thomas Edison Project: I read a few books about him.  I did a lesson on "determining importance" and had the kids pick out the most important facts about his life.

 We wrote an expository piece on "How to Make a Circuit" from unit above. (all materials are included)
Here are samples of their published writing:

Now to moving on to Animals...
"Mammals, Reptiles and Amphibians Oh MY!"


  1. Wow! I love the way you have compiled all of these resources together. Thanks!

    Luckeyfrog's Lilypad

  2. I just found your blog & I'm a new follower! I love your ideas. Those Thomas Edison lightbulbs are all sorts of cute!! I look forward to reading more of your blog. :)

    Learning Is Something to Treasure

  3. Thanks Jenny and Lisa! I just became a new follower on both of your blogs...I love finding new people to stalk..LOL.

  4. Kelly - I'm so stealing this for the fall! This is rockin' awesome! :)

    Mr. B's Beach Brains