Magnetism & Electricity (FOSS) - 4th grade
This unit consists of five sequential investigations, each designed to introduce or reinforce concepts in physical science. They explore the properties of permanent magnets--attraction, repulsion, and changes in force over distance. They identify materials that are conductors and insulators. They construct simple open, closed, parallel, and series circuits. They make and explore the properties of electromagnets. Publisher: FOSS (Full Option Science System), Delta Education
Adler. A Picture Book of Thomas Alva Edison.
Ardley. The Science Book of Electricity.
---What Makes Light?
Birch. Benjamin Franklin's Adventures with Electricity.
Cleary. Dear Mr. Henshaw.
Clements, Andrew. Jake Drake, Know It All.
Simon and Schuster, 2001. ISBN 0-68983-881-6 RL: 2-4
Fourth-grader Jake Drake tells about his third-grade science fair project, when he learned a lot about electromagnets but even more about the pitfalls of being a know-it-all. With its true-to-life dialogue, this story will entice transitional readers.
Cuthridge. Thomas A. Edison Young Inventor.
DiSpezio, Michael. Awesome Experiments in Electricity & Magnetism.
Sterling, 1999. ISBN 0-8069-9819-9 (Carolina cat. no. 45-8907) RL: 5-8
Electricity, switches, circuits, and magnetism's connection to electricity are explained in an entertaining style. Experiments and suggestions for more in-depth investigations extend the learning.
Fritz. What's the Big Idea, Ben Franklin?
Gearhart, Sarah. The Telephone.
Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 1999. ISBN 0-689-82815-2 RL: 5-9
Gearhart presents a great deal of details in an easy-to-work-with format. Students read about and view the developmental stages of the phone.
Giblin, James Cross. The Amazing Life of Benjamin Franklin.
Scholastic Press, 2000. ISBN 0-59-048534-2 RL: 3-6
This book covers Franklin's entire life, touching on his many great contributions as printer, scientist, inventor, politician, and humanitarian. Includes wonderful oil illustrations and line drawings, plus a wealth of back matter: a time line, list of Franklin's inventions, sayings from Poor Richard's Almanack, list of historic sites associated with Franklin, and more.
Glover, Danny. Batteries, Bulbs, and Wires.
Houghton Mifflin, 2002. ISBN 0-75345-510-2 RL: 3-6
The connection between magnetism and electricity is explored in this paperback edition. Each page has an activity that goes along with the concept introduced. Photos and illustrations complement the text.
Hopping, Lorraine Jean. Wild Weather: Lightning!
Scholastic/Cartwheel, 1999. ISBN 0-590-52285-X RL: 1-4
This book begins with facts about the discovery and history of lightning. Also included are facts about lightning's connection to electricity and technology, myths surrounding it, and even survivor tales of those struck by lightning.
Lawson. Ben and Me.
Macaulay, David. The New Way Things Work.
Houghton/A Walter Lorraine Book, 1998. ISBN 0-395-93847-3 RL: 4 and up
It's bigger and better, with even more machines than before. Now, computers are included. Readers can expect a high level of detail in the explanations and drawings.
Middleton, Haydn. Thomas Edison.
Oxford University, 1998. ISBN 0-19-521401-3 RL: 3-4
Facts about Edison and his contributions are written in a style easily understood by students. Illustrations, rather than photographs, are included.
Parker, Steve. Shocking, Slimy, Stinky, Shiny Science Experiments.
Sterling, 1999. ISBN 0-8069-6295-X RL: 3-6
Children can explore light, electricity, smells, and slime by performing the 73 activities listed here. Related facts and photographs of students performing the experiments add to the information available.
Sandler. Inventors (A Library of Congress Book).
Simon. Einstein Anderson Shocks His Friends.
Wallace, Joseph. The Lightbulb.
Simon & Schuster/Atheneum, 1999. ISBN 0-689-82816-0 RL: 5-9
The development of the lightbulb is presented along with further advancements. The text is simple enough for elementary students to understand, and the photographs make the book interesting.