Electricity Games for 4th Grade

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Learning about electricity can be a lot of fun if we're creative. Check out these electricity games that will do just that, and these are all suitable for fourth graders.

4th Grade Electricity Games

Electricity works in a way that is rather abstract and hard to explain to young children. Advanced physics doesn't come easily to adults, never mind fourth-graders. However, there are ways of making it more fun and accessible to your students. One of those ways is to play games themed around electricity. Here are some ideas for electricity games you can try in your classroom.

Circuits Goal Game

This game involves students exploring connecting circuit components in different orders and positions. Since small circuits are low current, there is no risk to students, and they can play around and explore as much as they want. Give students a series of small batteries, bulbs, wires, and any other components you have available. Then give students a series of goals to achieve. One goal could be to make the bulbs as dim as possible. Another goal could be to make them as bright as possible. Another goal could be to connect everything, but in a way that nothing is lit up. Then have students draw a diagram of their resulting circuit each time. This can be turned into a game by having students compete to complete the activity quicker than other individuals or teams, or to create a circuit with brighter or dimmer bulbs than their peers.

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