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Magnetic force through materials

Test magnetic force through different materials. Can be used as a free experimentation activity.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Physics: Motion and Forces, Newton’s Laws, Gravity (K, 2, 6)
Lessons activity is in: 
  • magnets, several of the same type
  • optional: pennies/washers, or other weights of the same size, that are attracted to a magnet
  • a collection of materials to test magnetic force through e.g. paper plate, thick card, foil plate, piece of wood, carpet tile, students can also use the table

Challenge students to make the coins move along the top of the materials, by moving a magnet underneath the material.
Which materials can the magnet force work through? (All of them!)

Grades taught: 
Gr 1
Mari Matsuo
Monika Pilat
Teaching site: 
Simon Fraser Elementary