These five magnet science stations for grades 3-6 have been created to be as low prep as possible.
• 12-15 magnets (used at two stations)
• 50+ paperclips
• 3 magnetic items
• 2 non-magnetic items
That’s it! Everything else is included and just needs to be printed!
Station #1: Read to Learn
- Reading Passage about the science topic, and discussion questions
Station #2: Explore to Learn
- Mini-Activity where students test the strength of three magnets.
Station #3: Label to Learn
- Students draw and label (or just label a pre-printed diagram) a diagram of a magnet.
Station #4: Science is a Language
- Students study and record the meanings to key terms about the topic
Station #5: Experiment to Learn
- Students complete an experiment with magnets.
I recommend these stations for grades 3-6. Third grade teachers will need to scaffold station #1. The reading passage is at a lexile level of 900-1,000L.
These stations can be completed in any order! Group your students into groups of 3-6 students. It usually works best with six students at each station, having students work in groups of three (with two groups per station). The rule in my classroom is students are only allowed to speak to their trio partners. If they talk to someone else, they go sit at their desk and complete a different worksheet for that station rotation. This works very well to keep the volume down during stations.
I usually give my students 15-20 minutes for each station. They love these stations, and it is my hope that you and your class will love them just as much!
To set it up in my own classroom, I used the station cover and directions pages to create file folders. To do this, I glue the station’s “cover” to the outside of the file folder, and the directions on the inside. Then in each station’s file folder is where I place all the materials needed for each station (except for the two stations that use magnets and other items).
You could also use sheet protectors and place the station cover and directions inside a sheet protector and them any items needed for that station (vocabulary cards, discussion cards, reading passages, etc). inside the sheet protector between the cover and direction pages. Both of these options make for very easy storage of these stations for every year!
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