Magnetic Fields

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Introduce your class to magnetic fields with an activity that demonstrates that a compass is affected by the magnetic field of the earth, unless a closer, stronger magnetic field is present. Pupils can use this fact in the associated activity to map the magnetic field of a permanent magnet.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Find a video on how to construct a compass and make one in class
  • Before finishing the lesson, have the pupils draw what they think the magnetic field of a magnet looks like
Classroom Considerations
  • The class should have a basic understanding of magnetic properties and what makes a compass work
  • Third of an eight-part series
  • Includes assessment questions to determine the classes' understanding of the concept
  • The lesson background contains important information to include in your lecture
  • The lesson plan does not employ an engaging instructional strategy