Math Science Nucleus Field Trips
California Science Standards and Next Generation Science Standards

Electricity (3-6)   Students are electrified with static and current electricity. They learn the difference between series and parallel circuits.  Students can see first-hand how this form of energy charges the world.  Classes are leveled to the specific grade.  Limit: 1 class,  32 students

The following are activities students will do
1. Static electricity activities (confetti, static stick, light up fluorescent bulb, balloon on wall)
2. Conduct electricity as a group using UFO balls
3. Create a circuit with bulb, lamp, alligator clips, and battery
4. Electricity Song/Night without Light
5. Build a series circuit and compare with parallel circuit
6. Explore ways electricity is generated


Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Standards arranged by Disciplinary Core Ideas.  Codes in parenthesis represent Performance Standards.  For more detailed information visit

  Definitions of Energy
The faster a given object is moving, the more energy it possesses. (4-PS3-1)
Energy can be moved from place to place by moving objects or through sound, light, or electric currents. (4-PS3-2),(4-PS3-3)

PS3.B:  Conservation of Energy and Energy Transfer

Energy is present whenever there are moving objects, sound, light, or heat. When objects collide, energy can be transferred from one object to another, thereby changing their motion. In such collisions, some energy is typically also transferred to the surrounding air; as a result, the air gets heated and sound is produced. (4-PS3-2),(4-PS3-3)


Energy can also be transferred from place to place by electric currents, which can then be used locally to produce motion, sound, heat, or light. The currents may have been produced to begin with by transforming the energy of motion into electrical energy. (4-PS3-2),(4-PS3-4)

Ca Science Standards Life Sciences

Fourth Grade:  Physical Science (1 a,c,e,g)