CODE/MOE/UOIT Makerspaces Project

Lesson Plan--Grade 6 Science:

Electricity—Understanding and Creating Circuits

BIG IDEAS: Learn about the components of a simple circuit and how electricity works.


Overall Expectations:

1. investigate the characteristics of static and current electricity, and construct simple circuits;

2. demonstrate an understanding of the principles of electrical energy and its transformation into and from other forms of energy

Specific Expectations

2.6 use appropriate science and technology vocabulary, including current, battery, circuit, transform, static, electrostatic, and energy, in oral and written communication 

3.7 describe series circuits (components connected in a daisy chain) and parallel circuits (components connected side by side like the rungs of a ladder), and identify where each is used

Learning Goals:

“We are learning… ”

  • To create a circuit
  • The components of a circuit
  • Collaboration


Success Criteria:

“We will be successful when we can…”

  • Complete the Intro to Redstone tutorial
  • Create a simple circuit
  • Work together as a group (collaboration - self evaluation)

Lesson Overview:

Students will work through a Minecraft tutorial to learn about how to construct a circuit and why it works.

Materials and Technology:

Self Assessment form for Minecraft experience (see attached)

Redstone Worksheet (see attached)

Laptops or Desktops (1 per 3 students)

Minecraft Education

Intro to Redstone Mod

Self-Assessment for Collaboration



Student Accommodations/Modifications:

Students will be working in small groups.








Lesson will be differentiated by:


      Process, specifically: Students could have instructions on how to create a simple circuit (if needed)

      Product, specifically: Students will only have to complete a simple circuit.

      Environment, specifically: Students will work through the mod with peers. A LEGO circuit or a real simple circuit will be available for students to look at for reference.

MINDS ON:  Getting Started

During this phase, the teacher may:

• activate students’ prior knowledge;

• engage students by posing thought-provoking questions;

• gather diagnostic and/or formative assessment data through observation and questioning;

• discuss and clarify the task(s).


During this phase, students may:

• participate in discussions;

• propose strategies;

• question the teacher and their classmates;

• make connections to and reflect on prior learning.


Describe how you will introduce the learning activity to your students. What key questions will you ask? How will you gather diagnostic or formative data about the students’ current levels of understanding? How will students be grouped? How will materials be distributed?

Stand Up/Sit Down Game (Make Mental Notes)

If you have used Minecraft before stand up. Sit down.

If you have used electricity stand up. Sit down.

If you have been somewhere when the power has gone out stand up. Sit down.

If you use Minecraft more than 5 times a week stand up. Sit down.

If you have experience with circuits stand up. Sit down.

If you think electricity plays an important role in your life stand up. Sit down.

This is a basic diagnostic to get an idea of what the students know about electricity as well as Minecraft.

Hand out a sheet about Minecraft experience. Get students to rate their expertise in Minecraft 10 being expert level and 0 being no experience. Get one person in each row to pick up the papers. (diagnostic assessment)

While you are organizing students into groups of 3 (strong, med, little experience in Minecraft) show a short video on “Explaining an Electrical Circuit” (2:20 mins)

Have students fill out the Redstones worksheet, the things that they know. This is found on MinecraftEdu World in the Intro to Redstone Mod (attached at bottom).

ACTION:  Working on it

During this phase, the teacher may:

• ask probing questions;

• clarify misconceptions, as needed, by redirecting students through questioning;

• answer students’ questions (but avoid providing a solution to the problem);

• observe and assess;

• encourage students to represent their thinking concretely and/or pictorially;

• encourage students to clarify ideas and to pose questions to other students.


During this phase, students may:

• represent their thinking (using numbers, pictures, words, manipulatives, actions, etc.);

• participate actively in whole group, small group, or independent settings;

• explain their thinking to the teacher and their classmates;

• explore and develop strategies and concepts.

Describe the task(s) in which your students will be engaged. What misconceptions or difficulties do you think they might experience? How will they demonstrate their understanding of the concept? How will you gather your assessment data (e.g., checklist, anecdotal records)? What extension activities will you provide?


Students will log on to Minecraft and access the Intro to Redstone mod (approx. 30 mins to complete). They will follow the instructions to complete the mod. They will go through and answer the questions that they didn’t know on the Redstones worksheet or they can do it in Google Drive.

When students are finished the Mod they can use their knowledge to make a circuit. When students complete a circuit they can label it and take screenshots of their work. They can put their screen shot in a google slide and share it with the teacher.

When they are done that they can create an amusement park on the Amusement Park server.

Students can submit/share their work in Google Drive or they can hand in hard copies.

Extension: Students can create parallel circuits.

Students can make a real life circuit using wires, batteries, and LED lights to build a circuit.

CONSOLIDATION:  Reflecting and Connecting

During this phase, the teacher may:

• bring students back together to share and analyse strategies;

• encourage students to explain a variety of learning strategies;

• ask students to defend their procedures and justify their answers;

• clarify misunderstandings;

• relate strategies and solutions to similar types of problems in order to help students generalize concepts;

• summarize the discussion and emphasize key points or concepts.


During this phase, students may:

• share their findings;

• use a variety of concrete, pictorial, and numerical representations to demonstrate their understandings;

• justify and explain their thinking;

• reflect on their learning.


How will you select the individual students or groups of students who are to share their work with the class (i.e., to demonstrate a variety of strategies, to show different types of representations, to illustrate a key concept)? What key questions will you ask during the debriefing?

 Ask students “What did you learn?” Write down what they say (it could be about Minecraft, collaboration, or circuits).

You can also ask students to participate in Kahoot.

What is a pass-through and how is it different from an inverter?

- How is a button different from a lever?

- How does the AND gate work?

- What does a piston do that's different from the sticky piston?

- How is a dispenser different from a dropper?

- What do the detector rails do?

- What does a repeater do?

- How can you make an AND gate using a comparator?

- What else can comparators do?

If you like, you can finish the lesson with a Kahoot! quiz.

 These questions and Kahoot have been taken from the Minecraft Education World “Intro to Redstone” mod lesson.


  1. What is the difference between a regular redstone switch and an inverted one?

  2. What does a piston do when it’s activated?

  3. What’s the difference between a regular piston and a sticky piston?

  4. How is using a lever different than using a button?

  5. What’s the difference between a dispenser and a dropper?

  6. What does a detector rail do?

  7. Why does an AND gate work?

  8. When a comparator’s torch is down and off, how do you activate the output?

9. How do comparators weigh a chest?

10. What are some ways you can provide power to a redstone circuit? List all of the ways we explored in the redstone contraption server. Are there other ways to provide power?

11. Draw your answer to the Redstone Expert’s final question here!

St. Ambrose Catholic School—Huron Perth Catholic District School Board

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