facebook twitter mail share

Flashlights and Batteries

Lesson Focus 
Lesson focuses on the concept of electron flow through the demonstration of electrical circuits in a flashlight, and how batteries operate.

Age Levels:

8 - 11
  • Learn how switches control the flow of electricity.
  • Learn to draw basic electric schematic diagrams.
  • Learn how the electric circuit and battery within a flashlight operates.
  • Learn about teamwork and working in groups.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:

  • batteries
  • switches
  • circuits and current
  • basic electrical schematic diagrams
  • teamwork
Lesson Activities 

Students learn how batteries work, and explore the simple circuit system found in a standard flashlight. Topics examined include batteries, electron flow, switches, and bulbs. Students disassemble a flashlight and also document their findings by creating schematics of flashlight electric circuits.

  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Worksheets (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Search Lesson Plans


Quickstart: we have resources for Students, Parents, Teachers, and Guidance Counselors