Magnet Magic

  • Preschool, Kindergarten
  • Science
  • 45 minutes
  • 5.0 based on 1 rating
July 22, 2015
by Rekha Mundkur

Help your students' reasoning skills grow with this activity that has them make educated guesses on whether or not an item will be attracted to a magnet.

Learning Objectives

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

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Lesson

Introduction (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.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (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.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (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.

Independent Working Time (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.

Extend

Differentiation

  • 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.

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Review

Assessment (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.

Review and Closing (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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