Magnets are fun to explore! These 36 hands on magnet investigation task cards take students beyond just, "Is it magnetic?" They will test magnetism through various objects (cardboard, plastic, Play-doh, and more!)
These task cards lead students to investigate magnetic concepts and encourage them to ask their own questions, just like scientists!
-36 magnet investigation task cards
-4 create your own challenge cards
-4 blank cards
-simple recording sheet
-detailed notes to teacher
Additional Material Requirements:
-All of the task cards will require a variety of magnets. I recommend at least 2 of each: bar magnets, ring magnets, horseshoe magnets. The charts provided shows the materials that you will need in addition to magnets, mostly basic materials like paperclips, cardboard, pencil box, etc… Download the preview for the full supply list required for each task card.
Why do I need these in my classroom?
We do so much reading, writing, and answering questions about science, and I wanted to create a resource that got students actually doing science.
Ideas for Use:
-Set up a magnet station in your room, and let students work through the challenges in groups or as a center.
-Give all of the challenges at once, or change out the challenges each week.
-Have students rotate through various challenges as a set of rotating stations.
-Have groups of students work on individual challenges at their seats, share findings, and switch.
I wanted to keep the recording sheet simple so students can spend the majority of the science time exploring while still being held accountable.
Take a look at the required materials, and feel free to exclude task cards if you don’t have particular materials. I intentionally saved the messy ones for the last four. You can prepare the Ziploc bags ahead of time for students, or you can exclude them.
This task addresses: NGSS 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.
This set is part of my Hands-On Magnet Bundle!!