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Lesson Plan

Magnet stations and more magnets

Free play at several magnet stations to figure out how magnets work. Then guided activities to explore other uses of magnets: compass, electromagnet, magnet art.
Science content (2016 curriculum): 
Physics: Motion and Forces, Newton’s Laws, Gravity (K, 2, 6)
Physics: Electricity, Electromagnetism (7)

Run magnet stations with a small selection of activities. Suggested activities to include: Magnet pendulum, magnetic force field patterns, levitating magnets, what sticks to magnets?

Depending on time, end with one or more electromagnet activities:
Ask what is the biggest magnet they can think of.... the Earth. Make the compass.
We will make our own magnet using electricity. Make the electromagnet.
Using a coil of wire with electricity through it, we will make another device:a speaker.

For a messy but beautiful art project, end with magnetic field patterns in oil.

Grades taught: 
Gr 4
Gr 5
Site tested: 
ingridscience afterschool
Lesson plan originally developed and delivered: 

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