which materials are attracted to a magnet; test
to find what materials affect a magnetic field; make a game
using magnets; demonstrate
magnetic poles; create
a model of a compass. Great activities that your students will love!
I recorded a video
to give you an overview of the lessons - it's like I'm sitting next to you going through all your options with this product! I also created 17 simple videos
you can use to preview or review activities. Choose from two student essays
that are saved with three reading levels in English and two in Spanish. The essays have also been recorded
for students who benefit from listening to the text. A variety of assessments
including performance assessments can be used to assess student understanding.
The activities use materials* that you can collect locally or you can purchase a kit through our store.
This lesson supports NGSS 3-PS2-1•, 3-PS2-2º, 3-PS2-3♦, and 3-PS2-4◊.
It’s part of a series about physics units including: forces
, pushes and pulls
, air and water pressure
, this product, and static electricity
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* Materials List: magnets, materials to test, school ruler, books, paper clips, thread, tape, staples, box lids, uncooked rice, BBs, directional compasses, materials to create a model compass, optional: magnetic globe
• 3-PS2-1. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence of the effects of balanced and unbalanced forces on the
motion of an object.
º 3-PS2-2. Make observations and/or measurements of an object’s motion to provide evidence that a pattern can be used to
predict future motion.
♦ 3-PS2-3. Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two
objects not in contact with each other.
◊ 3-PS2-4. Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets.