Natural Electricity

Scripture: Exodus 7-10

Learning Objectives:

  • Students will learn God is the only God.
  • Students will learn God used the ten plagues in part to show the Egyptians their gods were false.
  • Students will learn God used the ten plagues in part to show us and the Israelites He is ruler of everything.
  • Students will learn how to create light without fire or electricity.

Guiding Question: How were the ten plagues used as a message from God?

Materials: A lemon, or other citrus fruit, 18 (or smaller) gauge copper wire, Wire stripper/clipper, steel paper clip, small galvanized nail (one that is covered in zinc), or a piece of zinc (ideal)

Procedure: Review the story of the Ten Plagues. Specifically focus on how the plagues were consequences for the actions of the Egyptians. Explain how the plagues were God’s way of showing that there are consequences for negative actions and disobedience to God. Explain that all the choices we make have positive or negative consequences. God specifically lays out guidelines for the choices we make so that can enjoy life and not have to suffer from negative consequences that may affect us immediately or later on in life.

Introduce the activity. Tell the students that they are going to explore ways of creating light in darkness without fire or electricity. Ask students what they think they can use to  create light. Explain that you can use everyday materials to give light such as making potato battery, lemon battery, etc.

 Lead students in creating a lemon battery:

Additional Questions: How does electricity flow through a circuit?

Supplemental Activity: Lead students in creating an electrical circuit and explaining the role each part of the circuit plays.

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