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Lesson Plan

Forces that act at a distance

Summary: 
Students try magnets at several stations to learn about their properties, including magnetic force acts at a distance. Then use a balloon to show electrostatic force also acts at a distance.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Physics: Motion and Forces, Newton’s Laws, Gravity (K, 2, 6)
Procedure: 

Run the magnet activities as the magnet stations lesson.
Along with other properties of magnets, conclude that magnetic force acts at a distance.
Discuss how gravity is also a force that acts at a distance.
Use balloon static to demonstrate electrostatic force, which also acts at a distance.

Grades taught: 
Gr 3
Teacher: 
Alex Sheldan
Teaching Site: 
Carnarvon Elementary
Lesson plan originally developed and delivered: 

Carnarvon Elementary