Teacher Resources

The Physics Classroom has been devoted to helping students, teachers, and classrooms since the 1990s. We are as passionate about that mission now as we have ever been. If you are a teacher of Physics or Physical Science, we encourage you to use our Video Tutorial with your students. And we also encourage you to consider the use of other resources on our website that coordinate with the video. We have listed a few below to help you get started.

Curriculum Corner, Static Electricity Section

Our Curriculum Corner is composed of a collection of Think Sheets. Each one makes for a great component of any Lesson Plan. They work great for both independent practice exercises and cooperative group exercises. The following Think Sheet makes a great complement to this video:

Charge Interactions

Getting the Hang of Charge Concept Builder

A Concept Builder can be one of the best tools to deepen a student's conceptual understanding. And when combined with a Task Tracker subscription, you can track students' progress on the various parts of the activity. This Concept Builder allows students to analyze information about the attraction and repulsion of charged (and uncharged) balloons and neutral paper bits in order to determine the type of charge on one of the balloons. It's an awesome follow-up to this video.

Charge Interactions Concept Builder

Given the charge of an object and how it interacts with other objects, students must determine what is known about the charge of those other objects. Has three levels of difficulty. A real challenge.

Minds On Physics the App, Part 4, Mission SE2 in the Static Electricity Module

Minds On Physics is not for the meek-hearted. They are interactive questioning modules that provide a rigorous workout in careful reading, analytical thinking, and conceptual reasoning. Mission SE2 from our Static Electricity module is titled Ineractions Between Charged Objects.

You can learn a lot by playing. And with this simulation, you can see those + and - charges as you play with charged balloons and conductors. Give your students an opportunity to manipulate variables and experiment with charge.

It reads like a book ... but much better. Our Tutorial section has long been the most trafficked section of our website. And for good reason - it's understandable. We recommend leaving links to specific pages on your Course page. The following page will be a helpful complement to this video:

Charge Interactions

Science Reasoning Center: Static Electricity

The Science Reasoning Center provides teachers with a collection of teacher-friendly and classroom-ready activities for cultivating and assessing students' ability to reason scientifically. The activities consist of reading passages accompanied by questions. There are two reasoning activities that would complement this video well.

Charge Interactions

Sticky Tape Experiments

Teacher Toolkits provide teachers with a collection of resources that are ideal for planning standards-based, multimedia lessons and units. We've combed the web and selected some of the best, most professional simulations, videos, and other tools that complement the resources present at The Physics Classroom.