Lesson Focus

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


Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets

Translated Lessons:

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.