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# Magnetic Force Lab Stations Activity (NGSS 3-PS2-3 & 3-PS2-4)

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SNAPs Lab Stations Activities require students to use science, math, literacy, problem-solving and engineering skills. They are designed to enhance students' understanding of scientific concepts and help students apply scientific ideas to the real world. Each station activity promotes skills so to develop students into proficient and competent scientific thinkers.

SNAPs lab activities have five components:
Science Skills Station to develop science skill proficiency
Narrative Station to build science literacy
Assessment Station to evaluate learning and understanding
Problem-Solving Station to foster engineering design
Synthesis/Summary Project to inspire higher-order learning

A description of the activities at each station in this particular lab is detailed below.

Next Generation Science Standards
This laboratory satisfies NGSS 3-PS2-3 & 3-PS2-4. It combines the three dimensions of science learning - science and engineering practices, disciplinary core ideas and crosscutting concepts - in order to meet the standards. This laboratory also makes interdisciplinary connections to STEM, Math CCSS and ELA CCSS to build the appropriate skills.

Magnetic Force Lab Stations Activity Learning Objectives
1. Verify that magnetic force is a noncontact force.
2. Determine how distance from and size of a magnet affects the magnitude of a magnetic force.
3. Determine how the orientation of magnets affects the direction of magnetic force.
4. Apply concepts about magnets in order to solve everyday problems.

Science Skills Station
At this station, students will investigate magnetic force. First, students will study how the orientation of a magnet affects the direction of magnetic force on other magnets. Second, students will study how the size of a magnet affects the magnitude of magnetic force. Third, students will study how distance from a magnet affects magnitude of magnetic force.

Narrative Station
At this station, students will read an informational text about magnetic force. They will cite evidence in the text as well as in figures so to demonstrate understanding about magnetic force. Students will also watch a two-minute video that shows a scientist manipulating magnets in order to levitate a spinning top.

Assessment Station
At this station, students will answer questions about key terms and ideas relating to the magnetic force. Students will have to employ lower, mid and higher order thinking skills to answer these questions.

Problem-Solving Station
Students will develop possible solutions to a problem that could be solved using magnets. Then students will build a prototype of that solution. In this particular activity, students will determine how to move a toy car using magnetic force only. Students will orient magnets so to pull and push the car down a track.

Synthesis/Summary Project
Students can conduct one of the 11 standard synthesis projects, but I strongly suggest using the directed synthesis project to supplement NGSS 3-PS2-4. In the directed project, students have to identify an everyday problem that can be solved using magnets. They will design and build a prototype of this solution using magnets and magnetic force.

• A pre-lab assignment and post-lab reflection
• Directions and questions for each lab station
• Student recording sheets
• Teacher Key

4 bar magnets, steel paperclips (one box, at least 25), 1 ruler, four ¾ inch (or smaller) disc magnets, 1 toy car (such as a Matchbox® or Hot Wheels® vehicle), 3 feet of Hot Wheels® straight track (or other toy vehicle track), temporary adhesives (such as tape, rubber bands and removable mounting putty), 1 stopwatch, 1 computer or tablet

Be sure to check out:
• The FREE SNAPs Lab Stations Best Practices and Setup Guide to learn more about my labs
• All my Earth, Life, Physical or Nature of Science Lab Station Activities
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science PPs, Notes & Exams
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science INB Units
Earth Science, Life Science, Physical Science or Nature of Science Tiered Task Cards

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