Science Skills
Science Pseudoscience & Technology
Proficiency Standards
B11-Electric Current

B10 Static Electricity
What is static electricity?
Silver Sensing Thinking HandHow do static charges work ?
Silver Sensing Feeling HeartHow do we use static electricity?
Intuitive Thinking-HeadWhat types of static charges are there?
Silver Intuitive FeelingHow does the force of static charges relate to other forces?
(Self Expressive)

Quia Quiz:SCA_B10_Static Electricity  & (MB10)

Practice Quiz: SCA_B10_Static Electricity
Take every day before sleeping!

Vocabulary Review Activities

BrainPop Animations and Practice Quizes
*  >BrainPop

PearsonPPT-ThumbElectricity Slideshow


Electric Charge & Static Electricity Chapter 2, Section1  Pages 46-53

Batteries Chapter 3, Section4  Pages 99-103
Electromagnetism - Worksheet

Edison - Worksheet

Science Skills Handbook
Appendix: Pages 202-214:
Process Skills Packet

(Online Textbook: Log onto Pearson.com, then click on the titles above for the online text.)
Labs & Videos
Static Charges

Balloons & Static
Static Balloons jar
John Travoltage
John Travoltage
& jnlp
write up an experiment
based on this activity.
Particle Field Hockey
Static Field Hockey
& jnlp
write up an experiment
based on this activity.
capacitor lab
Capacitor Lab
Battery Voltmeter
Battery Voltmeter& jnlp
Electric Field of Dreams
Electric Field of Dreams
Electroscope Sim

Field Lines
Static Charge Field Line Strength

Static Field
Static Field Lines

Lightning demo
Lightning Demo
molrcular motion
Gizmos Charge Launcher

Gizmos Intro to E & M

Marty build an atom
Static & water
Static & Water Lab
write up an experiment
based on this activity.

Zoom Static Video
Zoom Static Video
Prentice Hall Video

Bill Nye
Bill Nye
Static Electricity Video
  1. StaticElectricity Links
Study Jams
  1. Electricity

Electrical Potential
Electric Fields
Electric Force
Conservation of Charge
Khan Academy


Static Basics
Static Report
Home Electroscope

Zoom Test For Static
Snap Crackle Jump
NOVA Lightning

Discrepant Event




New situations/applications

project to share
Reading & Math Work

Math and DataMath Logo
Projects by Learning Style and Media Type
Silver Sensing THinking Hand Sensing-Thinking (Mastery)
  1. Create a diagram that shows static field lines and charges.
Silver Sensing Feeling Heart Sensing-Feeling (Interpersonal)
A time when you...
  1. Show different ways that staic charges are used by  humans.
Intuitive Thinking-Head Intuitive-Thinking (Understanding)
Playing with facts

  1. Create a diagram that shows how static charges, protons, and electrons are related.
Silver Intuitive Feeling Intuitive-Feeling (Self-Expressive)
Creating new possibiliteis

  1. Show how static electric charges could be used in a new invention.

  1. Make a video or animation of atoms  (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.

  1. Create a PowerPoint, ToonDoo, or other graphic that shows one of the projects above.

garagebandPodcast Audio

  1. Make a radio show, podcast, or song about atoms and static charges (see options above.) Narrate, subtitle, or text page to show this week's concepts.
ArtistMusicianLive Presentation Project

  1. Make a poster, play, song or cartoon showing your understanding of static electricity in its many forms.
Essential Vocabulary & Concepts
Picture Core Knowledge or Concept
Atomic Charge
Electrons (-) and protons (+) are two particles that have equal and opposite electrical charges.
Most atoms have the same number of protons and electrons, so they have a neutral (no) charge.
Electrons can break free of atoms and move to other objects, leaving a positive charge where the protons remain in place.
opposites attract
Opposite charges attract.

Similar charges repel.
Electric Field is the area around a charged particle where electrical force can be exerted.
Arrows are drawn from the positive charge to the negative charge.
Where the lines are densest, the force is strongest, near the charge.
Combined Fields
Combining fields
Filed Lines join together when opposite charges attract.
Field lines push and do not join when similar charges repel.
Static electricity is the buildup of charges on an object. Electrons build up in fast moving air and water droplets during a thunderstorm.

Static discharge is the loss of charge. Charges move between two objects until their charges are equal.
Lightning is a huge spark that balances a buildup of electrons in the atmosphere.
static hair
The law of conservation of charge states that charges are neither created nor destroyed.

If an object gives up electrons (hair), another object gains those electrons (the balloon.)  .
An electroscope is a device that can be used to detect a static charge. A charge is induced in the light leaves that repel each other and split apart.

This picture shows how to build one with foil and an aluminum can.
Static charges can build up in 3 ways, friction, conduction, and induction.

Charging by friction is the transfer of electrons from one uncharged object to another by rubbing.
Charging by conduction is the transfer of electrons from a charge object to another by direct contact.
Charging by induction is movement of electrons to one part of an object that is caused by the electric field of a second object. The electric field around the charged object attracts or repels electrons in the second object.
Electrochemical cells (aka batteries) store chemical energy and change it into the energy of static electric charges.
John Clerk Maxwell (1831-1879) developed our unified theory of electricity and magnetism, thus becoming the father of modern physics.

Lithium Ion batteries
are the new high-energy technology being developed at places like Argonne National Laboratories in Lemont Illinois for use in electric cars and other vehicles.