May the Magnetic Force Be with You

Attraction and repulsive forces might seem mysterious to young learners. Have your classes experiment with these forces in the second installment of a 14-part unit on magnetism and electricity. Individuals test different objects in the classroom to determine which are magnetic and then explore how the poles of magnets react to each other. 

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils test objects at home with a magnet and find five magnetic and five nonmagnetic items
Classroom Considerations
  • Requires access to bar magnets
  • Expects a basic understanding of the forces of a magnet prior to the lesson
  • Provides sketches of sample responses
  • Includes a detailed teaching guide to help prepare the lesson
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