The Power of Green program reinforces language arts, math, and science skills while exploring tips for conserving energy and recycling, and teaching about electric and gas safety.
With this research and creative writing activity, students look at electricity—both its past and its future.
Skills supporting learning standards: reading comprehension, analytical thinking, participating in group discussions
In this activity, students will learn about the history of electricity. Distribute copies of the activity sheet to students. Read the introduction as a class. Remind students that Benjamin Franklin’s experiment, though revolutionary, was very dangerous.
After reading the passage, challenge students to use their creativity to brainstorm the next new electrical invention of the century. Have them answer the question prompts on a separate piece of paper and illustrate what they imagine their design will look like.
As a follow-up activity, have students use art supplies found in the classroom to build their own 3D models of their inventions and present them to the class.