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ERIC Number: EJ1123028
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Dec
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-0036-8148
Scratching Records
Wampfler, Rebecca; Haroldson, Rachelle
Science and Children, v54 n4 p26-33 Dec 2016
Units on static electricity and electrical charges are always a third-grade favorite, with students finding the inquiry and hands-on activities, well, electrifying. However, teachers planning a unit on static electricity may find it difficult to navigate around latex bans. While latex allergy is a serious issue, removing balloons from the curriculum calls for creative use of other nonconducting polymers to demonstrate and engage students about static electricity. This article describes a series of activities incorporating such inexpensive, accessible supplies as crispy rice cereal, wool, and vinyl records into a student-led third-grade lesson on static electricity.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive; Guides - Classroom - Teacher
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 3; Primary Education; Early Childhood Education
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Grant or Contract Numbers: N/A