Electricity is one of the everyday physical phenomena described in the New Zealand Science Curriculum document. It is something that students encounter everyday but have little understanding of. With our societal shifts towards technological dependence, electricity and knowledge of it becomes important.
This workbook introduces the basics of electricity including what it is, how it is made, how it behaves, some of the equipment involved in simple circuitry and the way circuits are used to produce different outcomes.
It focuses on aspects of levels 3, 4 and 5 of the New Zealand Science Curriculum.
It gives students an introduction into using electrical equipment in a safe and confident manner so they can investigate electrical phenomena. This has value at NCEA Level 1 and beyond.
The literacy tasks in this workbook encourage the students to read for meaning, scan material, select appropriate information and understand key words. The inclusion of mini-research projects prepares students for what is required in the Senior Sciences.
The numeracy tasks involve graphing, tabulating data and reading scales accurately. These are all vital skills in the Sciences and beyond.
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Specific Learning Outcomes
At the completion of this topic, students should be able to:
- name and describe the main functions of basic electrical equipment.
- draw correct symbols for basic electrical equipment.
- draw series and parallel circuits using correct drawing conventions.
- interpret series and parallel circuits and identify their strengths and weaknesses.
- predict missing voltage and current values from series and parallel circuits.
- define voltage and current.
- describe why conductors conduct and insulators insulate.
- identify different materials as insulators and conductors.
- create simple parallel and series circuits from circuit diagrams or written descriptions.
- define electricity and describe in brief how it is made.
- list different sources of electricity and identify them as renewable or non-renewable.
- describe the functions of resistors.
- read and interpret information from a text with a science focus.
- read scales (ammeter, voltmeter) accurately.
Student Workbook: 56 pages
Teacher’s Guide: 72 pages
Free* Downloadable Resource: 9 pages
*Available for free download when a class set and accompanying Teacher’s Guide is purchased.