Teaching Physical Science with Children’s Literature: Electricity

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Electricity, a DK Eyewitness book written by Steve Parker, is a great introduction to electricity.  The book is written in short sections with one topic per two page spread.  There are lots of pictures which make the book very visually interesting.  Each section discusses the science behind electricity and includes information about important historical scientists.  Topics covered include Circuits and Conductors, Electromagnets, Discoveries using electricity, Electricity in the home, and more.

Curriculum Connections

This book could be used help students investigate and understand the characteristics of electricity (VA SOL 4.3) like conductors and electricity (4.3a), basic circuits (4.3b), static electricity (4.3c), transformation of electrical energy into light, heat, and mechanical energy (4.3d), electromagnets (4.3e), and historical contributions in understanding electricity (4.3f).  The short sections make it conducive to using the book to supplement multiple activities and lessons.

Additional Resources

Learn more about electric circuits with the interactive Blobz Guide to Electric Circuits.

Play this Conductors and Insulators game to learn more about electricity.

Explore Static Electricity with this experiment.

General Information

Book: Electricity
Author: Steve Parker
Illustrator: DK Eyewitness Books
Publisher: DK Eyewitness Books
Publication date: 1992, republished 2005
Pages: 72
Grade Range: 3-5
ISBN: 0756613884