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Lesson Plan

Magnet stations and more magnets/electromagnets

Free play at several stations to figure out how magnets work. Then guided activities to explore other uses of magnets: compass, electromagnet, magnet art.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Physics: Motion and Forces, Newton’s Laws, Gravity (K, 2, 6)
Physics: Electricity, Electromagnetism (7)

This is a long lesson.

Run magnet stations with a small selection of activities.

Follow with a group magnet activity:
Ask what is the biggest magnet they can think of.... the Earth. Make the compass.
We will make our own magnet using electricity. Make the electromagnet.
Using a coil of wire with electricity through it, we will make another device:a speaker.
For a messy but beautiful art project, make and photograph magnetic field patterns in oil.


Nelson ran magnet stations: what sticks to magnets?, Magnet pendulum, magnetic force field patterns, magnets through materials to discover the principals of magnets. Then made a magnet using electricity: electromagnet

Grades taught: 
Gr 2
Gr 4
Gr 5
Lisa Shideler
Teaching Site: 
ingridscience afterschool
Nelson Elementary
Lesson plan originally developed and delivered: 

ingridscience afterschool
electromagnet in classroom at Nelson