4. The Story of the Battery

Melissa Beemsterboer
30 minutes
High School Honors Physics


In this lesson, students will learn about the history of the battery (through a reading) and then find out how batteries work. This lesson provides the foundation for understanding how a circuit works. They will first come to understand the importance of electric potential difference.

Underlying Pages


Next Generation Science Standards
  • Engineering, Technology, Applications of Science
  • Physical Science
  • NGSS Crosscutting Concept
    • Systems
    • Energy
  • NGSS Practice
    • Analyzing Data
    • Constructing Explanations, Designing Solutions
    • Using Models
    • Using Mathematics
    • Conducting Investigations
Computational Thinking in STEM
  • Data Practices
    • Analyzing Data
    • Collecting Data
    • Visualizing Data
  • Modeling and Simulation Practices
    • Assessing Computational Models
    • Constructing Computational Models
  • Computational Problem Solving Practices
    • Computer Programming
    • Troubleshooting and Debugging


History of battery video: https://www.youtube.com/embed/9OVtk6G2TnQ