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​Learn about electricity

We've created a presentation in a box for Grade 5 teachers in the City of Edmonton to help teach the basics of electricity.
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​Learn about water

Teach your Grade 5 students the value of water with a 90-minute walking tour at our E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant and a hands-on water treatment experiment.
Book the tour and experiment

 

Electricty presentation in a box

 

​The basics of electricity 

We've created a presentation in a box for Grade 5 teachers in the City of Edmonton to help teach the basics of electricity. Tailored to the Grade 5 Alberta Science curriculum, our presentation provides you with online slide deck and animations, accompanying script and class materials to reinforce student learnings.

Your class will learn:

  • Where electricity comes from
  • What is an electrical circuit and how does it work
  • What roles do transformers, resistors, conductors play and how do they effect current
  • How to be safe around electricity
  • How does electricity get to your home

The presentation is designed so you can move through it at your own pace.

Curriculum

Electricity and magnetism

The course is made up of 2 modules: module 1 covers the basics of electricity and a circuit and module 2 covers electricity safety and electricity measurement.

Specific learner expectations addressed:

  1. Recognize and appreciate the potential dangers involved in using sources of electrical currents:
    • Understand that household electrical currents are potentially dangerous and not a suitable source for experimentation
    • Understand that small batteries are a relatively safe source of electricity, for experimentation and study, but that care should be taken to avoid short circuits
    • Understand that short circuits may cause wires to heat up, as well as waste the limited amount of energy in batteries
  2. Demonstrate that a continuous loop of conducting material is needed for an uninterrupted flow of current in a circuit.
  3. Distinguish electrical conductors-materials that allow electricity to flow through them- from insulators-materials that do not allow electricity to flow through them.
  4. Recognize and demonstrate that some materials, including resistors, are partial conductors of electricity.
  5. Predict the effect of placing an electrical resistance in a simple circuit; e.g., in a circuit with a light bulb or electric motor.
  6. Recognize that the amount of electricity we use in our homes is measured in kilowatt hours.
  7. Interpret and explain:
    • The reading on a household electrical meter
    • Efficiency labels on electrical appliances
  8. Draw and interpret, with guidance, circuit diagrams that include symbols for switches, power sources, resistors, lights and motors.

Cross-curricular competencies:

  1. Think critically
  2. Know how to learn
  3. Identify and solve complex problems
  4. Manage information
  5. Identify and apply life skills

Request the presentation for your class

The electricity presentation will be available at the end of March, so if you'd like on for your class, email us with your request and we'll send you all the materials you need to teach the basics of electricity. Please include:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • School name
  • School address
  • Number of children who will take part in the presentation

Water treatment plant tour

& hands-on experiment

 

How we treat Edmonton's water

Teach your Grade 5 students the value of water with a 90-minute walking tour at our E.L. Smith Water Treatment Plant and a hands-on water treatment experiment. We ask the question, "What would our lives be like without water?"

Imagine you were to wake up tomorrow morning, and you reach to turn on the water but nothing comes out – there's no water! How would you brush your teeth, or flush the toilet? How would you cook your porridge, or have a morning coffee? Now, think outside of your home. How would firefighters fight fires? How would surgeons and doctors clean the tools they need to help Edmontonians? 

Water is essential to life, and it is our job to ensure that water is clean and safe before we send it through thousands of kilometers of pipe to reach all of Edmonton's homes, fire hydrants and hospitals. This tour will give your students an opportunity to learn how we treat water though a fun science experiment where everyone has an opportunity to build their own water filter, and treat a sample of dirty water. Students will also be taken on a short walking tour of the water treatment plant to see the treatment process in action, and on a much larger scale.

Cost

There is no cost associated with this tour and presentation. Participating classes would simply need to provide their own transportation to and from the treatment plant, along with 1-2 volunteers/chaperones depending on the size of the class (maximum 30 students).

Request a tour for your class

The tours are now complete for the 2016/17 school year and will be made available shortly for the 2017/18 school year. If you would like more information about the tour and to receive the sign up information once it is available, email us with the following information:

  • Name
  • Phone number
  • School name
  • School address