`Static Electricity:Catherine Walker               John Hope Academy                               5515 South Lowe                               Chicago IL 60621                               (312) 535 3160State Goals 3 and 4:As a result of their schooling, students will have a working knowledge of:the principles of scientific research and their application in simple research projects, the processes, techniques, methods, equipment and avail- able technology of science.Outcomes:Students will be able to analyze, evaluate or replicate the experimental workof others.Students will be able to observe, classify and predict.Students will be able to make inferences about phenomena observed.Students will be able to collect data, define concepts and verify results.Objective:Grade 8Students will identify conditions and objects which will create static electricity as opposed to current electricity.Materials Needed:Plastic combsWool and nylon materialTiny bits of paperCup full of puffed riceCigarette ashesAluminum foilGlass polesPlastic rulers Plastic traysStrategies:Introduce lesson with a discussion on types of electricity.Students receive assigned materials.Cut paper into tiny pieces.Cut aluminum foil into tiny pieces.Fill cup with puffed rice.Place cigarette ashes on tray.Take plastic comb, rub vigorously with wool, move close to paper..Observe and record results.Repeat previous step using puffed rice, aluminum foil and cigarette ashes.Observe and record results.Take glass pole, rub vigorously with wool, move close to paper, foil and finally cigarette ashes.Observe and record results.Take plastic ruler, rub vigorously with wool, move close to paper, foil and finally cigarette ashes. Observe and record results Repeat all of the steps above rubbing instruments vigorously with nylon material.Observe and record results.Performance Assessment:Given ten objects, students will choose at least seven with static electricity.Conclusions:Electricity as we now know it is of two basic kinds: static/current electricity.Static electricity name comes from the Greek word meaning "standing", becauseit is normally at rest.  It passes from one body to another only in sudden,momentary movements.  Experiments with static electricity works best when the weather is cool and dry.It was discovered that the instruments rubbed with wool attracted materialsmore readily than with nylon.  `