How Conductors Work

From the Series Connect with Electricity

  • Interest Level: Grade 4 - Grade 6
  • Reading Level: Grade 5

Did you know that trees, buildings, and even people can act as conductors for electricity? Or have you ever wondered why we’re warned not to go outside during a thunderstorm? Scientists, engineers, and electricians use conductors in their work and research, but conductors are also found in many of the devices and tools we use every day. But how does electricity travel through a conductor? Why are some materials better conductors than others? Discover how a conductor works, as well as what makes a good insulator, and explore how different types of conductors work in modern technology!

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Interest Level Grade 4 - Grade 6
Reading Level Grade 5
Genre Science
Category STEM, STEM: Physical Science
Copyright 2017
Publisher Lerner Publishing Group
Imprint Lerner Publications ™
Language English
Number of Pages 40
Publication Date 2016-08-01
Reading Counts! Level 6.6
Text Type Informational/Explanatory
BISACS JNF051090, JNF051120
Dewey 537.6/2
Graphics Full-color illustrations
Dimensions 7 x 9
Lexile 930
ATOS Reading Level 6.1
Accelerated Reader® Quiz 183884
Accelerated Reader® Points 1.0
Features Bibliography/further reading, Charts/Graphs/Diagrams, Glossary, Index, Photo captions, Sidebars, Table of contents, Teaching Guides, and eSource

Author: Victoria G. Christensen

Victoria G. Christensen is a geologist and a hydrologist with over 20 years of experience, who writes on a variety of scientific and engineering topics for children. She lives in Fargo, North Dakota, with her husband and three great kids.

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Connect with Electricity

This highly curricular, STEM-focused series outlines how electrical components work—including circuits, batteries, LEDs, conductors, transistors, and sensors. Designed to support engineering concepts being taught in many schools, including robotics and coding,… View available downloads →