Week Eight Science Lessons: Electricity and Circuits

Grade 5 Science

Week Eight Lessons

This week we will be continuing the Force, Motion, and Energy Unit. The first week of this unit is the Forms of Energy. Students will be experimenting with electrical circuits!  Here is a lesson to help you plan. Links to actual materials and lessons are provided throughout this post. I  hope you can find something to help make planning this year a little, or a lot, easier!

Electrical Circuits Science Lessons and Activities


TEKS/ Standards:

(B) demonstrate that the flow of electricity in circuits requires a complete path through which an electric current can pass and can produce light, heat, and sound; Readiness Standard

“I can” Statements:

I can demonstrate how electricity flows in circuits.

Essential Questions:

Monday – What happens to a train traveling on the track when a bridge is out?

Tuesday – What can electricity do?

Wednesday – How do conductors and insulators affect electricity?

Thursday – Which parts of a circuit are most important in making it work?

Friday – How can you make an electric magnet more powerful?

Word Wall Words:

Electrical Circuit
Open Circuit

Closed Circuit

Parallel Circuit
Series Circuit

Lesson Ideas and Materials:


Science Wall Complete each day with your choice of word wall words.

Force, Motion, Matter, and Energy Interactive Science Notebook

Science and Literacy Circuits

Force, Motion, and Energy Anchor Charts

Physical Science Vocabulary

Lesson Ideas:

(Monday) Attention Grabber activity: Open and Closed Racetrack. Introduce Word Wall Words for the Week and ask students what they think it means. Complete the first 2 columns of a Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Circuits

Open and Closed Circuits

Open and Closed Circuits


Science and Literacy Circuits and Electricity

(Tuesday) Students will read an informational text about Circuits, and complete a graphic organizer to process the information. Complete the third column of the Word Wall Builder Chart. –All this is in the Science and Literacy Circuits

(Wednesday) Students will complete a summary writing with key terms from Tuesday’s reading. –Science and Literacy Circuits. Complete the Electricity notes and Insulators and Conductor Lab activities in the notebook. –Force, Motion, Matter, and Energy Interactive Science Notebook

(Thursday) Circuits Stations Lab day! –Science and Literacy Circuits

(Friday) Complete the Electromagnet diagram and lab in the notebook-Force, Motion, Matter, and Energy Interactive Science Notebook. Electricity Anchor Chart as a class. – Force, Motion, and Energy Anchor Charts  The students can fill in their printable poster, and you can make one on chart paper to hang up around the room. Complete the vocabulary pages that were not completed through the week.

Lesson Notes:

Science Starters (Science and Literacy Circuits) and Science Wall (Science Wall) to start each day.

During extra class time each day, complete the Physical Science Vocabulary pages that accompany this week’s learning.

Additional resource:

The following links to the pretty PDF of this lesson plan.

5th Science Lesson Plans

Need materials for younger grades?

The materials in this lesson are intended for 5th graders in Texas, but are taught in a way that they could be easily modified for younger and older grades.

Here is what I have for matter and energy so far.

2nd Grade Force Motion and Energy Science Notebook

Kindergarten Interactive Science Notebook with Word Wall Cards

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