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Static Electricity Manipulative Worksheet No. 3—Electroscopes

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 the previous two activities Charged Up 1: Tracking Static Forces (free)  and Charged Up 2: Tracking Static Forces . This is the most challenging of the three as it involves induction. 

Related Resources
This is the second of three related resources.
★ Charged Up 1: Tracking Static Forces  (free)
★ Charged Up 2: 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 can be charged at a distance.

Materials Needed
Copies of the worksheets, clear electrons (directions for making these are included in the free activity, worksheet 1) 

Time Required
This lab takes about 30 mins.

Student Sheets
• Scaffolded writing prompts & lab reporting 

Static Electricity Manipulative Worksheet No. 3—Electroscopes


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