- Preschool, Kindergarten
- 45 minutes
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.
Students will be able to identify what items are attracted to a magnet.
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.
- 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.
Related Books and/or Media
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.