- All About Circuits
This web site provides written explanations of both series and parallel circuits. It also provides schematic diagrams of both types of circuits. It will give students an example to follow when drawing circuits of their own.
- Basic Circuit
This site has a very straightforward and simple explanation of basic circuits, including how to use Ohm’s Law to do calculations. It covers series circuits, parallel circuits, series-and-parallel circuits, joule's law, and power.
- BBC KS3 Bitesize Science
This website included excellent pictures of series and parallel circuits. Also it explained the difference between the two in very simple ways.
- Can Do Electricity
This site includes simple graphics and lots of activities that students can try. I liked the additional feature of teacher pages with lesson notes that one could link to.
- Circuit Construction Kit
This particular simulation allows the user to do basic experiments such as creating virtual DC circuits with batteries, bulbs, wires, and also includes resistors, switches, common objects, voltmeters, ammeters, etc.
- Circuits and Conductors
This site is great for kids because it is interactive, and allows the student to participate in building the circuit. I think this one would be great for concept building for students leaning about circuits and especially about conductors or insulators.
- Circuits in Car Stereos
This web site explores series and parallel circuits in the context of car stereos. Many students would be able to relate to this website as many of them want to have a great sound system in their car.
- Designing Circuits for LED
Once (and if!) students are able to read a circuit diagram, this web page is a pretty good description of series and parallel as they apply to LED lights. This site would also provide an opportunity to discuss LED lights versus other types of lights.
- Electrical Wiring 101
HomeTips.com is a website designed to give advice to those interested in home improvement and helps give a basic understanding of the electricity in the home.
- Electricity Simulations
This site has several different simulations. They are free to download & you can create different kinds of circuits and switches, lights, and resistors then use a voltmeter on your simulation.
- Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
This site gives educational information on electricity and conservation as well as helpful hints for purchasing appliances, doing an energy audit on one's home, and evaluating different types of energy.
- Energy Story
Great resource for learning basic electronics. It has easy-to-understand pictures and animations. Almost every page includes simple experiments that students could do.
- Furry Elephant
Lessons about electricity, with great supporting animations, simulations, & demonstrations. Unfortunately the simulations & animations are not free, but the outlines they provide for free give some great ideas about how to present this logically.
- How Stuff Works
HowStuffWorks is the award-winning source of credible, unbiased, and easy-to-understand explanations of how the world actually works.
- How three way switches work
This page helps students understand basic wiring.
- Lecture Notes on Series & Parallel Circuits
Use the diagrams & notes in conjunction with http://www.lowes.com/lowes/lkn?action=howTo&p=Improve/threewayswtch.html to set up a 3 way circuit.
- Series & Parallel Circuits
This web site breaks electricity down into individual topics. It starts explaining what electricity is then, how we measure it, and finally what circuits are.
- Series & Parallel Circuits Lab Activity
This webpage is for a lab activity used for students to began relating simple circuits to their home. They were to basically distinguish the difference between series and parallel circuits and which would be better in the home.
- Six Electric Light Bulb Experiment
This webpage helped me understand the battery and bulb experiment. I used some of the configurations shown in the diagrams in my experiment.
- The Blobz Guide to Electrical Circuits
This site is designed as a game for up to five players. Players learn about different components of circuits, then participate in an activity and quiz on the section.
- Video: Series and Parallel Circuits
This is a very simple explanation of series and parallel circuits that convey the same message accurately.
- Welcome to Electricity
An entire unit of study in one resource. The opening screen is like a table of contents, and the basics of electricity are presented, along with heat, light, and motion; several great illustrations of circuits are shown, as well as a step-by-step guide.
- Where does electricity come from?
A great site for viewing the impact of different energy sources.
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