Bend Water With Static Electricity

Bend Water With Static Electricity

Lesson 17 of 18 in this unit

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  • Year 4
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Lesson summary

Students conduct an experiment with forces to 'bend' water.

Learning intentions:

Students will...

  • understand how forces can be exerted by one object on another.

Success criteria:

Students can...

  • conduct an experiment to prove a theory. 

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Lesson details

Curriculum mapping

Australian Curriculum (v9.0) content descriptions:


Students learn to:

  • identify how forces can be exerted by one object on another and investigate the effect of frictional, gravitational and magnetic forces on the motion of objects (AC9S4U03)

Relevant parts of Year 4 achievement standards:
By the end of Year 4, students identify forces acting on objects and describe their effect.

Resources required

  • Dry plastic comb
  • Indoor tap
  • Your hair


This lesson is designed to build students’ competencies in the following skills:

  • curiosity
  • reflection
  • critical thinking

Additional info

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium - support students in the theories, practical experimentation, and explaining and recording their observations. 

This is an original Cool+ lesson.

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