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When people flip a switch, electricity flows to a lamp. The lamp turns on. Many other items in a home use electricity. They include TVs and toasters. People plug a cord into an outlet. The cord brings electricity to the device. People can push a button to turn it on.

Power plants change other forms of energy into electricity. Hydropower starts with the energy of moving water. Lots of water rushes over a wheel-like turbine. The turbine spins. It moves a generator. The generator produces electricity. Other power plants make electricity from wind or sunlight.

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Making Connections


Have you used something that gets power from electricity? What was it?


Have you read other books about energy or electricity? What did you learn?


How would life be different if people were not able to use electricity?

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