Lesson Focus

Demonstrate how two switches interact in an electrical circuit such as that used to sound a buzzer. Note: This lesson plan is designed for classroom use only, with supervision by a teacher familiar with electrical and electronic concepts.


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Full Lesson Plan
Student Worksheets

Translated Lessons:


Age Levels:

8 – 14

Objectives

  • Learn how switches control the flow of electricity.
  • Learn to draw basic wiring diagrams.
  • Learn about teamwork and working in groups.

Anticipated Learner Outcomes

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

  • switches
  • circuits and current
  • basic electrical diagrams
  • making and testing predictions
  • teamwork

Lesson Activities

Students learn how two buttons (switches) can control a buzzer. Student groups then draw a schematic of a two button buzzer circuit and build a model of the circuit using wires, a battery, buttons (switches) and a buzzer. Final schematics are shared with other groups, with results and findings discussed as a class.

Resources/Materials

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

Alignment to Curriculum Frameworks

Curriculum alignment sheet is included in PDF.