Module 2-Science 4B - Course Guide

Module Overview:

In this module, students will learn about electricity and magnetism. Students will learn about technology and the technological design process.

Module Materials:

Lesson # Lesson Title Material(s)
1 Electricity pen or pencil
d battery
tape or glue
copper wire
2 metal thumbtacks
metal and non-metal objects
1 pair of socks
2 balloons
tap water
long string
nails (zinc or copper)
2 Magnetism pen or pencil
2 bar-shaped or cylindrical magnets, of the same type (optional)
objects to test for magnetic attraction (optional)
paper clips (large and small) (optional)
10 small metal washers, all the same size (about 2 cm in diameter) (optional)
masking tape (optional)
1 needle (optional)
1 cork (optional)
sharp knife and an adult helper to use it (optional)
small dish (optional)
nails (iron or steel) (optional)
60 cm of insulated copper wire, with the insulation stripped off of both ends (optional)
1 d battery (optional)
3 Science and Technology pen or pencil
materials for making a poster (optional)
tape or glue
meter stick or tape measure
digital camera

Module Objectives:

Lesson # Lesson Title Objective(s)
1 Electricity
  1. Define electricity, describe its importance, and name some people who discovered how to put that energy to use.
  2. Describe static electricity and how it forms.
  3. Describe current electricity, electric circuits, and materials that allow for the transfer of electricity.
2 Magnetism
  1. Describe how magnets affect one another and objects around them.
  2. Describe the effects of Earth’s magnetism.
  3. Understand that an electrical current can create a magnetic field, and name some uses for electromagnets.
3 Science and Technology
  1. Distinguish between natural objects and objects made by humans.
  2. Describe the relationship between science and technology.
  3. Describe the technological design process.

Module Key Words:

Key Words
magnetic force
magnetic field

Module Assignments:

Lesson # Lesson Title Page # Assignment Title

Learning Coach Notes:


Module Guiding Questions:

When a student starts a lesson ask them questions to check for prior knowledge and understanding and to review concepts being taught. At the end of the lesson ask the questions again to see if their answer changes.

Lesson Title Question
  1. What is electricity?
  1. What is attracted to a magnet?
Science and Technology
  1. What is technology?

Module Video Questions:

When a student watches a video take time to ask them questions about what they watched. Suggested questions for the videos in this module are listed here. Suggestion: Have the student watch the entire video first all the way through. Then have them watch the video a second time, as they watch it pause the video and ask the questions.

Lesson Title Video Question
Electricity Electricity
  1. What are 5 things you learned about electricity from this video?
Electricity Static Electricity
  1. What is friction?
  2. When is friction created?
  3. What is static electricity?
  4. What causes static electricity?
  5. What are protons?
  6. What are electrons?
  7. What can cause electrons to move from one material to another?
  8. When does a material have a positive charge?
  9. When does a material have a negative charge?
  10. What kind of charges repel each other?
  11. What kind of charges attract each other?
Electricity Current Electricity
  1. What is current electricity?
  2. How do you create current electricity?
  3. What is an electric circuit?
  4. What do you need to make an electric circuit?
  5. What is a load?
  6. What is a conductor?
  7. What are some good conductors?
Electricity The Magic School Bus Gets Charged
  1. What are 5 things you learned about electricity from this video?
Magnetism Magnets
  1. What can magnets do?
  2. What do magnets attract?
  3. Describe 5 things you learned about magnets.
Magnetism More about Magnets
  1. What is magnetism?
  2. Who discovered magnetism?
  3. What is one type of rock that is magnetic?
  4. What are the poles of a magnet?
  5. What happens when magnets are attracted to each other?
  6. What happens when magnets repel each other?
  7. What metals are attracted to magnets?
Magnetism How a Compass Works
  1. How does a compass work?
Magnetism Electromagnets
  1. What is an electromagnet?
  2. How does it work?
Science and Technology The Engineering Design Process
  1. What are the steps engineers use to help them design things?

Module Suggested Read Aloud Books:

Take time to read to your student or have them read aloud to you. Read a different book each day. While reading the book point out concepts being taught. You may purchase these books or find them at your local library. Suggested things to discuss while reading the book:

  • What is the main idea?
  • What are three things new you learned?
  • How does this book relate to what you are learning about?

# Book Author Lexile Level
1 Shocking! Where Does Electricity Come From? Bobo's Little Brainiac Books
2 Charged Up: The Story of Electricity Jacqui Bailey 860L
3 The Magic School Bus And The Electric Field Trip Joanna Cole AD720L
4 All About Magnetism Angela Royston
5 What Magnets Can Do Allan Fowler

Module Outing:

Take some time to apply what your student is learning to the real world. Suggested outings are below.

# Outing