In this lesson, students will learn basic facts about magnetism.
Lesson 1: day one (30 minutes)Teacher will show video on Magnetism. After viewing this video, students will gather in groups to discuss the video, and will make a chart of important facts about Magnetism that were discussed in the video.
Lesson 2: day one (15 minutes)Initiate a Scientific Journal which the student will be instructed to write down three facts and make accompanying drawings.
Journal notetaking is to be done alongside experiments on magnets the classroom will be doing next.
Elements of notetaking to be explained to students:
The Next two activities can be selected from the site Kid Science Experiment, which has a wealth of experiments specific for children.
Lesson 3: day two (30 minutes)The teacher will bring out four boxes, one for each of four groups, where some objects that may or may not be attracted to magnets. Using a fishing pole (a pencil with a line connected to it, and a magnet attached to the end of it), the students will determine which objects are affected by magnetism.
In their scientific journal, students will jote down notes on which objects were affected, and try to infer why the others were not affected.
Lesson 4: day two (20 minutes)Students will make their own magnet, and experiment with paper clips, while taking notes on Journal.
Magnet making resources can be found in these books.
Teacher can also use the following worksheet to take notes regarding making a magnet.
Assessment:Students will be assessed with the Scientific Journal they have started in Lesson 2.