Static Electricity Manipulative Worksheet—Charging Rods and Cloths

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

Concepts Addressed
• 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.

Materials Needed
Copies of the worksheets, clear electrons (directions for making these are included) 

Time Required
This lab takes about 30 mins.

Student Sheets
• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting 

Static Electricity Manipulative Worksheet—Charging Rods and Cloths


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