Static Electricity

 

Physical Science 

Static Electricity

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Core Learning Experience
+ Supplies and Equipment
Possible/Expected Discoveries
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  • What is static electricity? Where and how can you find it?
  • Set out some blown-up balloons (use safely); a variety of different papers; tissues; handkerchiefs; plastic spoons; plastic combs; wool (not synthetic); aluminum foil; plastic tubing; variety of different materials to test.
  • Choose a dry day for these activities, since water in the air inhibits the strength of electricity created.
  • Rub several of the items together, and watch what happens (attraction or no attraction). After a few tries, it will be possible to make some predictions and hypotheses about which kinds of items will be attracted.
  • If you have already explored magnets and magnetism, point out the similarity of the experience.
  • At the preschool level, a long explanation of electricity is not necessary. The observations made here will serve as a basis for further learning later.

 

  • Categorize items from the exploration activity that hold a stronger charge, and items that don’t seem affected. Label and read them.
  • Discuss some other methods that items can be held together or drawn to each other, differences and similarities. Glue, ties, tape, window clings, etc.
                                                                                                                                                      
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