Electrical Light Show

Today’s lesson is all about electricity! You might remember that we got an up close and personal side of electricity the other night. It can create VERY LOUD noises!

Our resources for today’s lesson come from our local library. They did not have a lot of books to choose from. As a matter of fact – these are the only three books that they had in the children’s section!

IMG_3042img426We have the Dorling Kindersley/Eyewitness Book – Electricity by Steve Parker. It was published by Dorling Kindersley in 1992. There are a lot of Eyewitness Books on a lot of different subjects. They are fabulous books! Lots of great pictures and simple text that even a dog can understand. This book tells me that I can look at this book and listen to someone reading it and I can understand it because I have little electrical currents running through my brain! Electricity seems to be all about atoms and electrons and things being attracted to other things and swapping electrons. It’s all a little over my head. I do know that in the winter time I am always getting shocked! I must be very attractive. And those transformers that gave us so much trouble? They are there to transform the voltage coming from the power stations to a lower voltage so we can use it in our houses.

img427The next book we looked at was the Magic School Bus Gets a Bright Idea – a Book About Light by Joanna Cole and illustrated by Bruce Degen. It was published in 1999 by Scholastic. That Ms Frizzel and her Magic Bus are a real trip! This book is not exactly about electricity, but it is about light. And to get light we need electricity. (Except for the sun, and candles – which we used the other night.) In this book the kids visit an old theater and travel down a big funnel on the bus that turns them into light! They learned how light travels in straight lines until it bumps into something. That’s how we get shadows and reflections. At the end of the book is a fun project that you can make to create a ghost!

img425The third book is When Charlie McButton Lost Power by Suzanne Collins (THE Suzanne Collins of Hunger Games fame)and illustrated by Mike Lester. It was published in 2007 by Puffin Books. This is a really cute book written in RHYME! I love stories written in rhyme! This story is about Charlie McButton whose world is all about video games. One day a bolt of lightening strikes an electrical tower and he loses all the power at his house. Just like our BIG BOOM! But poor Charlie doesn’t know what to do with himself with no electricity. He goes kind of crazy and yells at his little sister which hurts her feelings something awful. Then he feels bad and decides to make it up to her by playing with her. The two of them (and the dog!) have a wonderful day and Charlie realizes there is more to life than electricity!! A GREAT lesson to be learned!!


And to top things off, here is a GREAT light show for your entertainment! —

Have a good day and spread some JOY!

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18 thoughts on “Electrical Light Show

  1. You made it to the Hop! Lovely to have you….it is tricky to figure out what to do with no power. We shelf-dwellers always have a good chuckle during blackouts, counting the number of times the fleshlings forget about the electricity factor and say things like, “I’ll just turn the telly on to see if there’s any news about when the power will be reconnected”.
    Those sheep are pretty clever too…it’s amazing what creative people (and barnyard animals) get up to in their spare time!

    • Blackouts are not something that happens around here. Occasionally during a big storm it might go black for a little bit. But this big boom was something new entirely! Humans are a constant source of amusement. And sheep are pretty amusing as well! Sheepherding must be a pretty boring activity. Those guys must have a lot of spare time on their hands.

  2. WOWWWWWW, the books were great but that light show was hilarious. I loved it. Thanks so much for sharing this awesomeness with us. I am so interested in When Charlie Mc Button Lost power, by none other than Suzanne Collins. Thanks so much for linking in to the Kid Lit Blog Hop.

    • Thanks Ms Grasso! I was quite surprised by this picture book from Ms Collins. I’ve not read the Hunger Games books, but from what I hear they are a far cry from the silliness of Charlie McButton. I love the Charlie McButton book. I also enjoyed joining the Blog Hop. I made some fun and interesting discoveries!

    • I like having lights myself! But it sure was entertaining watching the Mom Person stumble around in the dark. I don’t know what those shepherds are doing to come up with that light show idea. they must be a crazy bunch!

    • hahahaha! Right?! Suzanne Collins and picture books? But it sure does work! That Charlie McButton is a fine character. And she has another PB as well, coming out in Sep, Year of the Jungle. I enjoyed visiting in the Blog Hop. Made some interesting discoveries. Thanks for stopping by!

  3. Well, I was expecting Lightning! Loved the sheep show at the beginning. So glad you shared this with the Kid Lit Blog Hop. Cheryl, Hop Hostess

    • Lightening! Yes, that would have fit. But no, this post and these books came after a blackout caused by a transformer. No light and no electricity! But those sheep sure put on a good show, huh? Thanks for letting me join the Hop. It was fun and I made some good discoveries! Thanks for stopping by.

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