More Science: Electricity

We've been doing so much "fun science" lately. 
Hands on science = fun science!

I mentioned before that my team does rotations for science. There are five science standards for 5th grade and we split up all the units. I teach my matter unit four times and the other teachers cover everything else. I absolutely love it! But I also LOVE the end of the year when I review before testing and I pull out all my fun stuff. The past couple days we've been playing with circuits, static electricity, electromagnetism, and bar magnets. It's been great!!

I want to share some of my electricity stuff with you all, but I feel bad because I made it last year and it's not super cute. (It is in no way up to normal What The Teacher Wants standards...) I would fix it up all cute, but let's face it: it's May, there are only 14 days of school left, and I'm T.I.R.E.D!! :)

In this activity, students use batteries, paperclips, and Christmas lights to make a simple circuit. (One of the questions on the worksheet helps them find out that you can make the light brighter by adding an extra battery.) This is inquiry based where the students design their own experiment and learn through trial and error.

In this activity, students (kind of) make an electroscope.  They get to test different objects to determine how they are attracted to each other through static electricity.

Now, I want to know... 
What "fun science" do YOU do with your class?
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