Lesson 9: Products of Electricity

Getting Started

Questions to Explore

  • What does electrical power produce?
  • How is electrical power produced?

Facts and Definitions

  • Electricity can produce light, heat, and sound.
  • An electromagnet is an object that acts like a magnet, but its magnetic force is created and controlled by electricity.
  • An object with an electrical current also has a magnetic field.

Skills

  • Observe and investigate the ability of electric circuits to produce light, heat, sound, and magnetic effects. (S)
  • Explain how magnetism is related to electricity. (S)
  • Explain and observe how electricity can be used to generate magnetism. (S)
  • Describe and explain the parts of a light bulb. (S)

Materials

  • Electricity and Magnetism by Adamczyk and Law
  • 3-foot long copper wire (kit)
  • D cell battery (kit)
  • home magazines and catalogs* (Activity 1 - Option 2)
  • nail
  • O-shaped cereal pieces
  • paper clips (kit)
  • plastic comb or balloon (kit)
  • scissors
  • stapler
  • tape or glue* (Activity 1 - Option 1)
  • thread (kit)

* - denotes an optional material that may or may not be needed

Introduction

Ask your child to explain what he learned about electricity in yesterday's lesson. Tell him that today he will explore what electricity produces and will look at different types of electrical energy.