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Activity

Magnetic force through materials

Summary: 
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: 
Materials: 
  • 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
Procedure: 

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
Teacher: 
Mari Matsuo
Monika Pilat
Teaching site: 
Simon Fraser Elementary