Reflection: Checks for Understanding Turning On Simple Circuits - Section 3: Make a Circuit and Draw It


I don't do any direct "teaching" in this section. I just provide the supplies, the directions and a few circuit schematic pictures and students figure out how to complete the activity. This is the best kind of learning: it is student centered and students construct their own understanding of what makes a circuit and how to represent it using multiple representations (a circuit diagram, schematic and an actual circuit). For the most part, students are successful in drawing their schematics. The only problem I see from several groups,  Student Work on Circuit Diagrams, is that they draw the battery with two parallel lines of the same size, which represents a capacitor. In the future, I will add a schematic representation of a capacitor so that they see that has a separate symbol that is different from the battery.

  Checks for Understanding: Student Work on Schematic
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Turning On Simple Circuits

Unit 4: Electrostatics and Circuits
Lesson 8 of 16

Objective: Students build and make observations about the components needed for a simple circuit.

Big Idea: A working circuit requires a potential difference (voltage) conductors (wires) and a load (resistor or other electrical component).

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