Building Parallel and Series Circuits

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Demonstrate a parallel and series circuit
  • Identify the differences between parallel and series circuit
  • Understand that bulbs in a series will light up dimly
  • Understand that bulbs in parallel will light up brighter

Curriculum Connections

  • Grades 5 - 8
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Length of Activity

1.5 hours

Materials List

  • Building Parallel and Series Circuits Learner Activity Instructions
  • Building Parallel and Series Circuits Learner Worksheet
For each learner group:
  • 2 Bulb holders
  • 1 Battery
  • 1 Battery holder
  • 2 Bulbs
  • 6 Insulated copper wires (each piece 10 to 20 cm long, ends stripped OR insulated copper wires with alligator clips on the ends, these can be purchased at Radio Shack in packs and are reasonably priced)

Online Lesson Format