Blecha, Milo K., Peter C. Gega and Muriel Green.
The New Exploring
(Laidlaw Brothers, Publishers, River Forest, Illinois, 1982).
Great for explaining electricity to fourth through sixth graders because it includes explanations of power plants through how everyday electric appliances such as phones, hair driers and t.v.s work. Good, inexpensive and simple circuit projects. Weak in the explanations of electric theory and frustratingly over-simplified in explanations, such as how static electricity works.
Brockway, Carolyn Sheets, Robert Gardner and Samuel F. Howe.
(Allyn and Bacon, Inc., Newton, Massachusetts, 1985).
An excellent seventh grade science text. See Chapter 7: Atoms and Molecules. Excellent illustrations and photographs.
Making Science Laboratory Equipment: A Manual for
Students and Teachers in Developing Countries
(John Wiley and Son Limited, Chichester, 1983).
Illustrations of simple tools such as wire strippers and various kinds of batteries, LED’s, etc. Excellent for the person who needs step-by-step in circuit design and assembly.
Ten Founding Farthers of the Electrical Science
(Burndy Corporation, Norwalk Connecticut, 1954)
Nice outline of the development of electricity through some of the founding fathers.
Kaufman, Milton, J. A. Wilson.
Basic Electricity: Theory and Practice
(McGraw Hill Book Company, New York, 1973).
Thorough explanations and analogies for numerous concepts. One of those programmed learning texts that were so big in the 70’s, thus, nice test questions for yourself and your students.
Sharlin, Harold I.
The Making of the Electrical Age from the Telegraph to Automation
(Abelard-Schuman, London, 1963).
Nice book for pleasure reading. Historical and anecdotal.
Idea Bank Collation: A Handbook for Science Teachers
(Science Supplies and Services Company, Limited, Kingston, Ontario, Canada, 1984).
Fun to leaf through. Some invaluable suggestions, such as a fuse made out of aluminum foil, and a simple home-made switch.
Vergara, William C.
Electronics in Everyday Things: 113 Searching
Questions and Authoritative Answers About the Major Role Electronics
Plays in Our Daily Lives
(Barnes and Noble, New York, 1972). Good for many appliances, but of course, dated.
Wilson, J. A.”Sam” and Milton Kaufman.
Learning Electricity and
Electronics Through Experiments
(McGraw Hill Book Company, Gregg Division, New York, 1979).
book for the student who just has to go on and build dozens of things. Great explanations for the hands on type.
Winkler, Alan, Leonard Bernstein, Martin Schachter and Stanley Wolfe.
Concepts and Challenges in Science
, Second Edition (CEBCO, Allyn and Bacon, Inc., Newton, Massachusetts, 1984).
Excellent section on physics for fifth and sixth graders. One of the two textbooks referred to in the unit for good explanations of atoms, molecules, charge, etc.