Magnetic Fields: The Earth Acts as a Giant Magnet

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Attract learners to an interesting lesson! The third in a 14-part series of lessons on electricity and magnetism uses a hands-on approach to exploring magnetic fields. Scholars experiment with a compass to test Earth's magnetic field and then use filings to reveal the magnetic field of magnets.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Set up a geocaching course for pupils to practice their compass skills
  • Ask pupils to sketch magnetic fields of magnets of different sizes and shapes
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires a specific set of materials to complete the activity
Pros
  • Includes sentence starters to use as prompts when questioning individuals
  • Provides an option for an opening and closing exercise
Cons
  • None
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