Magnets Push or Pull Objects
The student will predict and describe how a magnet can be used to push or pull an object.
The student knows that energy, force, and motion are related and are a part of their everyday life.
Background Information for Magnets: Canada Science and Technology Museum (website) – Everything you always wanted to know about magnets!
Magnetic Pick-ups: Science NetLinks (website) - Students learn that some materials are attracted to magnets, while others are not.
How Strong is Your Magnet? Science NetLinks (website) - Measure the strength of a magnet and graph how a magnet’s strength changes with distance.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Make a Magnet Map: Education.com (website) - Students create maps of their homes and use magnets to move pictures of their family members through their “houses” in this demonstration of a magnet’s attraction to metal.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Magnets and Heat: The NEED Project (PDF) - Students seek to answer the question, “Does temperature affect the force of a magnet?”
Have a Magnet Marathon! Education.com (website) - Set up your own “magnet races” to explore with kindergarteners the properties and power behind magnets.
Conduct student interviews and ask the questions below. Have students answer the questions verbally, using knowledge from the previous investigation and from their science notebook as resources.
- What are the physical properties of a magnet?
- Which objects are attracted to a magnet?
- What are the physical properties of an object that make them attracted to a magnet?
What Makes a Magnet? Branley, Franklyn. (ISBN-13: 9780064451482)
Magnetism: A Question and Answer Book. Richardson, A. (ISBN-13: 9780736854474)
What Magnets Can Do. Fowler, Allan. (ISBN-13: 9780516460345)
Magnets Pulling Together, Pushing Apart. Rosinsky, Natalie. (ISBN-13: 9781404803336)
Magnets and Springs: Crickweb (website) - In this interactive game for primary schools, students test various objects to see if they are attracted to a magnet. Scroll down to the “Magnets and Springs” activity.