How can we help kids visualize the charges that cause static forces? This is the question I wrestled with for a while before developing this model. I love that only the negative electrons can move, just like in real life. I also love that students can easily see when charges are balanced and when they’re not. This activity builds on Charged Up 1: Tracking Static Forces which is free when you sign up here.
NOTE: This is the second of three related resources.
★ Charged Up 1: Tracking Static Forces (free)
★ Charged Up 3: Tracking Static Forces
• Typically only electrons leave their atoms.
• Electrons are negatively charged; protons are positively charged
• Electrons and protons create the charges behind electrostatic forces.
• Items develop different static charges depending what they are made of.
Copies of the worksheets, clear electrons (directions for making these are included)
This lab takes about 30 mins.
• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting
Answer Keys and Teacher Notes address most questions and issues that might arise in this study—you shouldn’t have to do any outside research unless you want to.
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