# Magnet Magic

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

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.

## Lesson

### Introduction (5 minutes)

• Call your students into a group and tell them that today's lesson is 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.

## 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.