Review: This is an intriguing biography of the man who discovered how a rotating magnet could produce electric current. The book also mentions many of Faraday's other discoveries made as he worked at the Royal Institution in London. Perhaps even more importantly, Coils, Magnets and Rings tells how Faraday was able to do this work at all. He went to work at age ten, eventually becoming an apprentice to a book binder. He was a questioner, debating with himself and others about all sorts of things. for example, he studied how we learn to walk as part of his on-going questions about gravity. Faraday got to the Royal Institution, which was one of the great science research centers of its era, by approaching a senior scientist who finally allowed the young man into his lab as an assistant. As he became familiar with the equipment, he was allowed to do more and more independent work, becoming one of the nineteenth century's great scientific and technological innovators.
Batteries & Bulbs is a classic unit for teaching students about electrical circuits. It first appeared as a unit in the Elementary Science Study (ESS) curriculum. This adaptation of the unit is closely aligned with the vision of science teaching espoused in the National Science Education Standards. You'll see that the unit responds to individual student experiences, focuses on student knowledge and its application, includes students being involved in extended inquiry, involves continual assessment of student understanding, and it's fun!
Circuit City is an interdisciplinary unit based on electricity concepts that has been very successful in my self-contained fourth grade classroom. We began the unit with basic circuit building and progressed to wiring a cardboard house. In between, the students worked on activities in language arts, math, writing, literature, and social studies.
Fourth grade teacher Virginia Moore and technology education teacher Wil Kaszas have been working together for seven years on the development of a unified, interdisciplinary curriculum to teach magnetic levitation to students in grades four through eight.