Electricity and Magnetism Unit. This unit includes a full lesson set for complete coverage of Electricity, Circuit, Magnetic Fields, Motors and Generators, and Electrical Safety along with associated activities.
This unit contains:
– 5 weeks of teaching material
– 5 PowerPoints totaling 153 slides
– 1 Lab Station Activity
– 6 Reading Comprehension Activities
– 1 Digital Interactive Notebook Activity
Lab Station Activity
Grade 8 and Up Reading Comprehension Activities
Digital interactive Notebook
For Each Lesson
The student versions of the PowerPoints contain multiple blanks that need to be filled in throughout the lessons. These blanks are conveniently underlined and bolded on the teacher copy. I have found this to be the most effective means of keeping my students engaged and active without having them write everything out. This also leaves more time for discussion and activities.
For Your Lab Station Activity
How do my Lab Stations work? Each station is specially designed to be a unique complement to the material while at the same time, provide a valuable learning experience. Below is an overview of how each station works. In your activity, each will be tailored to the specific content.
Station 1: Get Hands-On – using their creative skills, students are required to draw or build.
Station 2: Research – using a classroom computer or their own device, students must research a specific question/issue surrounding the topic.
Station 3: Explain yourself – students write down an opinion to a question in paragraph form.
Station 4: Rest Station – students can use this time to catch up on work they didn’t have time to complete at a previous station or prepare themselves for an upcoming one.
Station 5 – Applicability reading – students read a short passage from an article, website, etc. which directly connects the classroom content to a real life application.
Station 6: Test your knowledge – students answer 5 multiple choice questions then provide a written explanation for how/why they came to their conclusions.
Station 7: Learn from the expert – using a classroom computer or their own device, students must watch a short video clip and answer the associated questions. They may stop, rewind and restart as often as they like during the time frame.
Station 8 – Rest Station.
Station 9: Become the question master – Students must create 2 multiple-choice questions, 2 true/false questions and 1 short answer question. Students must also supply the answers.
Bonus Activities: To ensure your students don’t have any downtime between stations, your lab also includes a 10-word word scramble and word search, both with an answer key. You can use them as part of their mark, as a bonus so it’s not mandatory, etc. However you choose to use it, it will ensure that your students are always busy and never idle. Note: For stronger classes, I give the word scramble and for weaker ones, the word search.
For Each Reading
These resources are suitable for high school students as well as strong middle school students. Tackle literacy and science by having your students read and answer questions from a scientific article. Questions include knowledge (direct from the paper), thinking, connecting, application, and open-ended varieties.
No prep, no formatting, no issues. Simply download, print (or upload to your class site), and you’re all set.
**These resources are fully editable for your convenience**
The Problem You Face – Not having the time to properly teach scientific literacy (disciplinary literacy) or improve your students reading comprehension and analysis skills.
These fully editable, NO PREP reading comprehension articles are composed of relevant, applicable and engaging reading activities which can be used to:
• introduce your topic
• improve your students reading comprehension and scientific literacy skills
• improve your students’ analysis skills
• provide an extension activity to students who move at a faster pace
• provide extra credit to students in need
• measure your students literacy skills
Furthermore, these resources work very well as an emergency substitute plan as they will keep your students on task and focused while you are away.
Each resource will take your students between 50-75 minutes to complete and includes some open-ended questions. An answer key is also included for your reference.
For Your Digital Interactive Notebook
Digital Interactive Notebook for Google and OneDrive cloud services. If you don’t currently have a Google account, you can sign up for one completely free and get started in 5 minutes. If you’re a OneDrive user no problem. Simply download the notebook as a PowerPoint file to your computer then upload it to your OneDrive account. The majority of the items in this resource are fully editable. In addition, slides can be added or removed easily to suit your classroom needs.
THEN: Before computers, we used interactive notebooks to engage our students and keep their notebooks organized and accessible. This however required a lot of material and the unwelcome task of lugging them all home with you to mark. But we used them because they were effective and allowed us to effectively assess our students understanding.
NOW: Why use digital interactive notebooks? As prices decrease, many schools are moving towards a 1:1, computer-student ratio and are becoming digital, the way we teach needs to keep up. You don’t even need a class set of computer, a personal device (cell phone, laptop, tablet, etc. will work just as well).
Digital interactive notebooks provide all the same means of organization and assessment but without the physical notebook. This…
1) Saves you from bringing them back and forth/storing them in your class.
2) Purchasing all the necessary supplies.
3) Having them get lost, misplace pages, etc.
Once you purchase, you’ll get a direct link. This link will allow you to place your own copy of the digital notebook into your Google Drive folder. From there, simply distribute the file to your students. No notebooks, no glue, no scissors, not even a USB in site. Everything is stored and can be assessed in the cloud from any computer in the world. If your students go on holiday, they can access it. If they’re sick, they can access it.
What activities will you find inside my Digital Interactive Notebooks?
• Interactive drag-and-drop activities
• Embedded Videos that play inside the slides along with questions
• Calculation questions
• Audio recorders – students record and upload their own auditory answers to questions
• Drawings – students create their own drawing then easily upload them to their slides using their device or computer
• Research questions
• Extension questions for early finishers, those wanting extra credit, or incorporated into the mainstream assignment
• Vocabulary check on the entire unit
• Lots more
These resources are in .zip format. All that means is you download the lesson package as one file (.zip) and then double-click it to extract it. No additional software is needed, your PC or Mac will do all the work. If you are not 100% happy with what you purchase, I will refund your entire purchase price. To access the video(s), begin the slideshow and click the image of the video player. A new window will open up taking you directly to the video.