One thing that I am super excited about is that I get to teach science again. Since the curriculum changed, the energy unit was moved from fifth grade to fourth grade. When I taught fifth grade, that was my favorite unit.
Earlier this summer, I attended some professional development to learn the fourth grade standards, and I left with a bag of goodies. I am most looking forward to using the five Energy Sticks.
These sticks have a super sensitive circuit that can be completed with the very small amount of energy that travels through your skin. When the circuit is complete, the stick lights up and makes a sound. During the seminar, we all stood in a circle to represent a circuit. When any two people released hands, the circuit was broken, and the stick no longer lit up.
Here is a quick video demonstration of the energy stick in action.
I can't wait to use the Energy Sticks for activities like creating circuits and testing materials to see if they are conductors or insulators. I will make sure to update you when we give it a try.
The Energy Sticks are available on Amazon for $7.99 ($7.69 on Prime).
I'd love to hear if you've tried these in your classroom. Let me know if you have any advice or ideas.