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Webquest: Discovering Electricity


Electricity is a mysterious force that makes work many devices around us. One way to be aware of their importance is identifying which objects of our daily life need it to function.

Can you imagine our lives without electricity?


Do you know that the electricity is more expensive? We need to find out ways to save electricity and money. Also, spend less electricity contributes to improve the environment.


'Let's find out how necessary electricity is in our lives and how to find ways to save energy !!!



To make this activity will form groups of 5 people.

This activity is structured in two parts:

- In the first part each group will select 10 devices from your home that are powered by electricity. You will make a brief description of them: what are they used for, their consumption and how the power is converted: heat, light, movement, sound, cold, ... And discover which are the most important appliances of them.

- In the second part each group will investigate how electricity is obtained, how getting it contaminates and how it arrives to our homes. You will remenber situations in which you were without electricity. You´ll have to explain to the rest of the class the things you've discovered.


We will work with the following tools:

- Internet for information. We can use search engines like google, bing, yahoo, ...

- A text editing tool (Word, OpenOffice, LibreOffice, ...)

- This Webquest with links and information.




For each section of the indicaréis tab:

You can research on the Internet which electrical appliances are the most common in homes. In case you helps, here are some addresses that you can check and an image that you can help:


Each group will draw a sketch of the house, identifying the different spaces and equipment indicated on the tab. They will use a presentation program for simple drawings, such as Powerpoint, impress&draw,…

Each group design a 10 terms glossary related to the electricity. Resources in the web should be used: 



Each group will present your work at the rest of the classroom.

All group members are involved.

Each member must submit two devices, prepare a presentation with a Presentation Tool and assay the discourse.




This part of the activity will take place in the classroom.

Each group will prepare work of at least 4 pages plus a cover page with text editing program. Work must answer the following questions:

1. Where do you think the electricity comes from our homes? How is generated? Which are the energy sources?
2. Production of Electricity always pollutes the environment? Can you think of ways to get it cleanly?
3. How does the electricity reach our homes? What are the household appliances that consume more electricity?
4. More commodities mean more power consumption? Which ways to save electricity do you know?
5. What would happen if one day would have no power?

Each team member is an expert in one of the questions. Every expert will write a brief text using an editor tool answering the issue. All the answers will be joined in an only document named "We need electricity".

Finally, there will be a class presentation of all the issues and a debate of the whole group.




Task 1: "What is electricity?"

- Writing: Document (20%) and Presentation (5%)

- Speaking: Oral exposition (20%)

Task 2 "We need electricity"

- Writing: Document (20%) and Presentation (5%)

- Speaking: Oral exposition (20%)

Attitude (10%)



 Let's try to remember what we have learned:

- Now we know where the electricity is generated and how it gets to our homes.

- We know which home appliances run on electricity and what transform this energy.

- We have learned to know how much they consume and what we use more.

- We have found ways to save electricity together, spend less on electricity and protect the environment.

- We have imagined how it would be a life without electricity. Any device woluld not work: trains, factories, streetlights, computers, ... everything would stop working!



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