Sunday, January 22, 2012

Magnet Activities

I love teaching about magnets, mainly because it's probably the easiest unit I teach all year. My students have some background knowledge from first grade, and the third grade content isn't too difficult. Plus, I get to do really fun hands-on activities with my class. I used my Magnet Investigations Booklet that I made several years ago to introduce the concept. I did make some changes to it, because I can't keep printing in color ink and the black and white copies didn't look that good. You can click {here} for a copy of the booklet.
There is a hands-on activity on every page. The main focus of the majority of the activities is that magnets have a north and a south pole, and that the magnetic field is strongest around its poles. To teach this, students make a magnetic train where they join bar magnets together through their north and south poles. Students also make floating magnets with magnetic rings (this is always the favorite). Of course, I do have a couple activities where students find things that are and are not attracted to magnets. I always make sure I have something aluminum for this activity, because it's not magnetic.




One of the more complicated activities demonstrates how a compass works. This always leaves my students amazed, and it's a great way to review a little social studies!

To implement the activities, I give each of my groups (four students in a group) a kit of magnets and any needed supplies and a booklet. Students work through the booklet at their own pace, but I do encourage them to move at an appropriate pace.

14 comments:

YearntoLearn said...

What great magnet centers. Thanks.


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laughinbrunette (Jennifer) said...

LOVE it! Thank you!
Jennifer
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Sarah said...

What a cute blog! (newest follower!) I love your ideas! Come follow me for some math ideas and centers :)
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Tracie said...

Thanks! Can't wait to use this after we finish rocks/minerals!

Michelle said...

What a cute center! Thank you for sharing.

Michelle
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Nicole Steele said...

Thank you for sharing! I love how the centers are kid friendly and look appealing!

Ms. Shott said...
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Ms. Shott said...

Love your magnet centers!!!! Im in charge of science next year for my 2nd grade team and Im excited to introduce this activity to them.

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Carolyn Wilhelm said...

Thanks so much! Sharing with a teacher who has few resources. :-) Carolyn

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Suzanne Jenkins said...

Thank you so much! Doing this unit next week. Your magnet book is adorable!

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