Topic: Why do we use electricity?

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Why do we use electricity?

Electricity powers our world. From heating to transport, from computing to cooking, we couldn’t imagine our modern world without it. Take a close-up look at what electricity really is, and how we use different materials to transport it safely around our community.

Video

A short 3.5 minute video explaining the topic for students.

Why do we use electricity?

A fun and informative introduction to electricity.

Use this video in your lesson or share directly with your students.

Digital Activities

Digital interactive activities can be used in your classroom in conjunction with the video, or independently.

Q&A

This interactive Q&A is designed to quiz students on what they have learned after watching the video.

This is a digital version of the multiple choice PDF worksheet below.

The electron racetrack

A fun drag and drop game, where students place different materials to complete the circuit.

Demonstrates conductors, insulators and the dangers of electrocution.

Worksheets and Classroom Activities

These PDF worksheets can be used in your classroom either in conjunction with the video or independently.

Q&A

This Q&A worksheet is designed to quiz students on what they have learned after watching the video.

This is a PDF version of the digital interactive found above.

Static electricity with balloons

This worksheet has instructions on how to run an independent, practical classroom activity to teach students the basics of static electricity.

Teacher Resources

Teacher notes & worksheet answers​

By using the resources available for this topic, your students have the opportunity to learn:

  • Electricity powers many things in our home and society
  • Electricity describes the movement of tiny particles called electrons
  • Electrons move differently in different materials called conductors and insulators
  • Electrons race along conductors like a racetrack
  • Racing electrons can cause useful effects such as heat, light and magnetic energy
  • Electricity can be dangerous causing burns and muscle contractions

This PDF includes:

  • Video summary
  • Literacy links
  • Research tasks
  • Curriculum links
  • Worksheet answers

Curriculum Mapping

Upper Primary topics are perfect for Australian grade 5 and 6 students and are aligned to Australian curriculums.

Australian Curriculum Science, year 6

NSW Curriculum Science, stage 3 (years 5 and 6)

Victorian Curriculum Science, levels 5 and 6

Discover the wonders of electricity & renewable energy

Upper Primary

Grade 5 & 6

Students explore the basics of electricity. Students will learn how electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits.

Lower Secondary

Grade 7 & 8

Students explore how energy sources such as the sun and wind can be harnessed to produce electricity, and ways to store it.