Circuit Components and Their Uses
Lesson Plan Reference
Grade Level 4-5
Difficulty Level 3 (Developing to Mastery)
Type of Assignment Individual or Group
Common circuit symbols exist as a near universal language in electrical engineering and can save a lot of confusion. Having standard circuit symbols allows circuit diagrams to be drawn and understood around the world. Students will be able to interpret and make a range of circuits after learning these symbols. Students will also be able to accurately draw circuits using these symbols.
Circuit Component Symbols Example
|Wire||Wires are used to connect different components together. They are made of metal and allow current to flow through them.|
|Battery||A battery provides the push to move the charge around the circuit.|
|Resistor||A resistor is a component that reduces the current in a circuit.|
|Variable Resistor||A variable resistor is a resistor which can have its resistance changed.|
|Lamp||A lamp is a component with a filament that glows when a current is passed through it. Lamps can be used to see things in the dark.|
|Switch||A switch is a component that can break the circuit allowing other components to be turned on and off. A light switch is an example of a switch.|
|Voltmeter||A voltmeter is used to measure the potential difference or amount of push between two parts in a circuit.|
|Ammeter||An ammeter is used to measure the size of a current in a circuit.|
|Motor||A motor spins when it is connected to a circuit. It could be used to make a toy car move.|
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Create a T-Chart that matches components of an electrical circuit with their symbols and uses.
- Click "Use this Template" from the assignment.
- Find the circuit symbols by searching "circuits" or "science".
- Put each of the circuit symbols in the cells on the left.
- Identify each symbol by replacing "TERM".
- In the right hand column, create a visualization and write a sentence to describe what the component can be used for.
- Save and submit your storyboard. Make sure to use the drop-down menu to save it under the assignment title.
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