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​The basics of electricity 

We've created presentations and resources 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 modules provide you an 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 presentations are designed so you can move through them at your own pace.


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

Module presentations

Use the links below to open the presentations in Google Slides. Use the speaking notes below each module to help your presentation.

Presentation resources

Activity sheets: contains fun learning activities to help students engage with the program's content. Activities include fill in the blanks, true or false, word search, vocabulary and definitions, and applications of electrical devices.