Elementary Introduction to Electricity and Circuits – Kindergarten to Third Grade Resources, STEM

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After receiving Snap Circuits as a gift, my oldest has been very interested in electronics, where electricity comes from, and how it all works. We are learning side-by-side on this one! Read on for a slew of STEM resources we’ve used to investigate electricity.

Books

Picture Books

Switch On, Switch Off a Level 2 Reader by Melvin Berger
The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip by Joanna Cole
How Ben Franklin Stole the Lightning by Rosalyn Schanzer

Children’s Non-Fiction

DK Eyewitness Books Electricity by Steve Parker
It seems that DK has a book for every topic we study. We don’t read these cover-to-cover. Instead the kids look through and point out images or titles that catch their interest.

Electricity by Janice VanCleave
VanCleave’s books are phenomenal. These could stand alone as a hands-on course in science or math. Each volume contains a wide variety of experiements with easy-to-follow instructions and simple illustrations. Perfect for side-by-side learning.

Media

Check out my Kids Electricity Playlist on YouTube or stream it below. Engaging and short shows, songs, and stories all about electricity, circuits, and the lightbulb!  Run Time: 42 Minutes (see the playlist here to choose clips)

Streaming

A Disney Short: Ben and Me on YouTube


Popular Mechanics For Kids Electricity, Season 1 , Episode 12


Magic School Bus Gets Charged, Season 4, Episode 9


Safety Smart Science with Bill Nye the Science Guy: Electricity (Available on DVD)

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Activities

Snap Circuits

Since receiving Snap Circuits as a gift, my Kindergartner has been obsessed with building all types of light up, noise making, complicated circuits. This educational toy really inspired him to learn about how electricity and circuits work and where power comes from.

This favorite toy is available on Amazon in many different packages from a very simple and inexpensive kit to packages with a variety of power sources. I would highly recommend these for any child interested in science.

Lapbook

Homeschool Share has put together twenty one pages of printables and foldables to create a lapbook based on electricity and circuits. This is on my list for the summer when we are homeschool “lite” or possible between units next time. We love creating lapbooks. One place to put together all the material we’ve been learning. Download the printables free here.

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