Anchor Phenomenon Ideas: Let students play! Provide wire, batteries, LEDs, magnets, buzzers and any other simple circuit materials you have on hand. If it is in your budget, try these Squishy Circuits. You can also make conductive and/or insulating dough with this recipe. Then, use the questions your students come up with to make connections throughout your unit.
Make it Relevant: Ask your students to imagine if they could not use electricity for one day, one week or one month. How would their lives change? Would there be any benefits?
Tips and Tricks: To create the best image of a magnetic field for question three, place about half a teaspoon of iron filings in a petri dish. Tape the lid closed and gently push a magnet over the closed lid. Too many filings makes the field difficult to view.
Enrichment Ideas: Challenge students to learn more about fish that make electricity.
Why do they use electricity? How do they not shock themselves? Are electric eels the only electric fish? Here is a great TED-Ed animation to help kids get started.