July 22, 2015
By Rekha Mundkur

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Magnet Magic

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Students will be able to identify what items are attracted to a magnet.

(5 minutes)
  • Call your students into a group and tell them that today's lesson is about magnets.
  • Ask students what they already know about magnets.
  • Explain to them the properties of magnets and how they are attracted to metal.
  • Show them some magnetic letters and place them on a metal baking sheet to display this point.
(10 minutes)
  • Read A Look at Magnets.
  • Give students a few magnetic letters and ask them to place them to the metal baking sheet.
  • Bring out the prepacked box.
  • Wave a magnetic wand over the box and show them how only some objects are attracted to the wand.
  • Tell them how only magnetic objects are attracted to the wand.
(10 minutes)
  • Put all the objects back into the box and let the students take turns with the magnetic wand.
  • This is better done in a group as you supervise their passing the wand to their classmates and taking a turn at pulling out objects.
  • Ask them to guess which objects will stick to the wand. Let them check if their guess was correct.
(10 minutes)
  • Allow students some time to familiarize themselves with the materials.
  • Have students guess whether or not the items will be attracted to the magnet or not.
  • Let students test their guesses by running the magnetic wand over their box.
  • Walk around the room and provide assistance if needed.
  • Ask questions as they work to make them think about the activity and how magnets work.
  • Enrichment:Experiment with stronger or weaker magnets and see how the objects react. Students can also learn about the poles of a magnet. Example: Opposite poles attract and like poles repel.
  • Support:Pair up students in a way that the students who understand the activity can help the others.
(5 minutes)
  • Observation is key to measuring how much students understand this lesson.
  • Walk around, observe, and note if the students are following your instructions.
(5 minutes)
  • Once the students have had an ample amount of time to work on the concept on their own, you may call them back into a group.
  • Show students some objects and see if they can guess whether or not they are magnetic.

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