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Series and Parallel Circuits

Lesson Focus 
Demonstrate and discuss simple circuits and the differences between parallel and serial circuit design and functions. Note: This lesson plan is designed for classroom use only, with supervision by a teacher familiar with electrical and electronic concepts.

Age Levels:

8 - 14
Objectives 
  • Learn that different circuit designs result in different electrical behaviors.
  • Learn about current flow and the operational differences between series and parallel circuits.
  • Learn to predict outcomes and draw conclusions.
  • Learn about teamwork and working in groups.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes 

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

  • parallel and series circuits
  • circuits and current flow
  • making and testing predictions
  • teamwork
Lesson Activities 

Students perform experiments using two different types of circuit arrangements: series and parallel circuits. Students compare a set up of series and parallel bulbs, make predictions about how the circuit will function, record results, and discuss the circuits as a group.

Resources/Materials 
  • Teacher Resource Documents (attached)
  • Student Worksheet (attached)
  • Student Resource Sheets (attached)

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.


Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks
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