The Case of the Invisible Force Fields (NGSS)

The Case of the Invisible Force Fields (NGSS)
The Case of the Invisible Force Fields (NGSS)
The Case of the Invisible Force Fields (NGSS)
The Case of the Invisible Force Fields (NGSS)
The Case of the Invisible Force Fields (NGSS)
The Case of the Invisible Force Fields (NGSS)
The Case of the Invisible Force Fields (NGSS)
The Case of the Invisible Force Fields (NGSS)
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This engaging, fun, and rigorous NGSS aligned activity guides students through a multimedia investigation magnetic fields and the magnetic field of Earth. The focus is on investigating to provide evidence that fields exist between objects. The cross cutting concept of cause and effect relationships being using to predict phenomena is also addressed. Students absolutely love this activity and learn so much!!

Materials needed: 1 item needed per group
• Online device
• 1 bar magnet
• 4 paper clips
• 1 needle
• scissors
• waxed paper
• glass or plastic container
• water
• colored pencils

MS-PS2-5 Motion and Stability: Forces and Interactions
Students who demonstrate understanding can:
MS-PS2-5.

Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objectsexerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact. [Clarification Statement: Examples of this phenomenon could include the interactions of magnets, electrically-charged strips of tape, and electrically-charged pith balls. Examples of investigations could include first-hand experiences or simulations.] [Assessment Boundary: Assessment is limited to electric and magnetic fields, and limited to qualitative evidence for the existence of fields.]



The performance expectation above was developed using the following elements from the NRC document A Framework for K-12 Science Education:
Science and Engineering Practices
Planning and Carrying Out Investigations
Planning and carrying out investigations to answer questions or test solutions to problems in 6–8 builds on K–5 experiences and progresses to include investigations that use multiple variables and provide evidence to support explanations or design solutions.
• Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to produce data to serve as the basis for evidence that can meet the goals of the investigation.
Disciplinary Core Ideas
PS2.B: Types of Interactions
• Forces that act at a distance (electric, magnetic, and gravitational) can be explained by fields that extend through space and can be mapped by their effect on a test object (a charged object, or a ball, respectively).
Crosscutting Concepts
Cause and Effect
• Cause and effect relationships may be used to predict phenomena in natural or designed systems.

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