Electricity

Go to http://www.worldbookonline.com/kids/Home
(User name: waf34 Password: pass34)
In the box provided, type: electricity

Before you answer the questions below, ask your teacher some questions:
1. Should you take notes or answer the questions in complete sentences? 2. Should you copy the citation information at the bottom of each article?

A. Look at the list of articles that appears when you request ‘electricity’.
1. What is the definition of electricity? (on the lines)
2. What is the definition of electronics? (on the lines)
3. What is the definition of a battery? (on the lines)

B. Click on the first article: electricity.
1. What are four machines mentioned that are run by electricity? (on the lines)
2. How is electricity part of everything in the whole world? (between the lines: what is its function in the universe?)
3. What are four jobs for electrical signals in human bodies? (on the lines)
4. In what century did people learn to use electricity? (between the lines: what does century mean?)
5. How does electricity make people’s lives easier nowadays? (between the lines)
6. How does electricity make people’s lives harder? (between the lines)
7. What are four fuels used to generate electricity? (on the lines)
8. Why are scientists looking for different ways to generate electricity? (on the lines)

C. Click on one of the illustrations that have the word ‘video’ on them.
1. Write three facts you learn from the video. (on the lines)
2. Write why those facts are significant, or important. (between the lines)

D. Click on ‘Bell, Alexander Graham’ in the list of additional articles at the bottom of the page.
1. What was Bell born? (on the lines)
2. In what country was he born? (on the lines)
3. When did his family move to Canada? (on the lines)
4. What job did he do when he moved to the United States? (between and on the lines)
5. What invention did he work on to try and send messages over electric wires? (on the lines)
6. Who helped him? (on the lines)
7. When did the two men invent the telephone? (on the lines)
8. After leaving the United States, where did Bell go? (on the lines)
9. When did he die? (on the lines

E. Click on the World Book Student link at the bottom of the page.
1. What is the definition of electricity that shows up first in the list of articles? (on the lines)
2. How is this definition different than the one on the ‘Kids’ page? (between the lines

F. Click on that first article for electricity and look at the yellow column on the left that shows an outline of the article.
1. What are five major uses for electricity? (on the lines)
2. What are four sources of electrical current? (on the lines)
3. What sections include concepts you’ve already studied in school? (beyond the lines)
4. What sections include concepts with which you are unfamiliar? (beyond the lines)
5. Click on a word in that yellow column and read the section that then appears on the screen; write down one fact that you discover that you did not know before. (on and beyond the lines)

G. Look on the right hand side of the page near the top for the section in green called ‘Related Information’. Double-click on websites.
1. How many sites are listed? (on the lines)
2. What is the name of the site that tells about famous people in the field of electricity? (on the lines)
3. What is the name of the site that has games? (on the lines)

H. Click on one of the websites.
1. Write a list of 7 facts about electricity that you discover on this site. (on the lines)
2. Tell why those facts are important. (between the lines and beyond the lines)
3. Write a 100 – 150 review of the site telling why you think it is a useful site for learning about electricity. (on, between and beyond the lines)

[This page may be copied for use with students if the following credit is provided: ©2009 Sophie Rosen.]

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