This week marks the new unit of inquiry for Grade 4. We are entering into the world of science and we will be reading about electricity, writing as scientists and studying the world of Electricity and Magnetism.
I absolutely LOVE science units, as the students are so motivated by the experiments and there are so many hands-on activities. I also love that it is very black and white. There isn’t a lot of grey where electricity is concerned!
The central idea is: We can harness and direct electricity to meet our needs and wants. It is all about the science behind electricity and the students will be inquiring into the forms and properties of electricity, the role of magnets in electricity, electricity within circuits and the impact of electricity on our lives. This particular unit falls under the Sharing the Planet transdisciplinary theme and therefore part of the unit will be about inquiring into the “rights and responsibilities in the struggle to share finite resources with other people”.
There is quite a large vocabulary list to accompany this unit. It would be wonderful to discuss the questions that will drive the unit and the vocabulary in your home language with your son/daughter. As always, please feel free to email me if anything needs clarifying.
Teacher questions driving unit:
- What are the forms and properties of electricity?
- What is the connection between electricity and magnetism?
- How do electrical circuits work?
- How does electricity affect our lives?
Electricity, harness, needs, wants, electric current, amperes (amps), static electricity, lightning, atom, nucleus, proton, neutron, electron, circuit, series circuit, parallel circuit, battery, conductor, insulator, magnet, magnetism, magnetic field, attract, repel, north pole, south pole, power lines, transformer, voltage, electromagnet, and electromagnetism.
For an English version of the vocabulary sheet please click on: Electricity wordspicdef