Electricity and Magnetic Fields

Introduce your class to the idea of magnetic fields around electrical wires with an activity that provides the information about the direction of a magnetic field around a wire carrying an electric current.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Demonstrate an electromagnet as part of the introduction to the lesson
Classroom Considerations
  • The class should have an understanding of magnetic fields of permanent magnets
  • Pupils should understand how electricity flows through a wire
  • The fifth installment of an eight-part series
  • The answer key provides a suggestion on how many answers a pupil should get correct to show understanding
  • The resource contains an engineering connection on ways electromagnets may be used
  • The lesson plan does not provide a clear and engaging instructional method