Lesson plan

Electric circuits and electrolysis

Summary
Free experimentation with wires, batteries, bulbs and salt solutions.
Science content
Physics: Electricity, Electromagnetism (7)
Procedure

Show the students how to make the wires, then allow them to try making circuits (including short circuits) to light bulbs.
Then add the salted water to show bubbles being made at the electrodes.

Notes

Students were very interested in making a bulb-and-battery circuit, then dunking the bulb in a tub of salted water. They reported that the bulb glowed more brightly when immersed in the salted water.

Grades taught
Gr K
Gr 1
Gr 3
Gr 4
Gr 5
Teaching Site
Gordon Elementary Science Club