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Activity

Magnets: force through different materials

Summary: 
Test magnetic force through different materials. Can be used as a free experimentation activity.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Physics: Motion and Forces, Newton’s Laws, Gravity (K, 2, 6)
Science topic (2005 curriculum connection): 
Physical Science: Force and Motion (grade 1)
Lessons activity is in: 
Materials: 
  • magnets, several of the same type
  • optional: pennies/washers, or other weights of the same size, that are attracted to a magnet
  • a collection of materials to test magnetic force through
Procedure: 

Put a magnet on one side of one of the materials, and a weight on the other side, to see if the magnetic force can go through the material.
Test the other materials of different thicknesses and made of different materials.

Grades tested: 
Gr 1
Teacher: 
Mari Matsuo
Monika Pilat
Teaching site: 
Simon Fraser Elementary