Materials and How They Interact with Magnets
The student will explore interactions between magnets and various materials.
The student knows that energy, force, and motion are related and are a part of their everyday life.
Teaching About Magnetism: Lab for Extraterrestrial Physics, NASA (website) - Transcribed presentation on the basics of magnetism by David P. Stern, Emeritus at NASA’s Goddard Space Flight Center.
Investigate Magnetic Attraction: Education.com (website) - Students predict and learn about what magnets do and do not do by testing the interaction of refrigerator magnets with various materials.
- Supporting Lessons
- Assessment Ideas
- Literature Connections
- Additional Resources
Magnetic Art: Gayle’s Preschool Rainbow (website) - Students learn about magnetism while participating in an art activity. Scroll down to the “Magnetic Art” lesson.
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.
Magnet Attraction: Minnesota Science Teachers Education Project (website) - Investigate magnets and what they attract.
Elaboration Lessons and Extensions
Have a Magnet Marathon! Education.com (website) - Set up your own “magnet races” to explore with kindergarteners the properties and power behind magnets.
Investigating with Magnets: Attraction and Repelling: Minnesota Science Teachers Education Project (website) – Explore magnetic attraction and repelling due to placement of the poles of the magnet.
Give each student a bag containing four metal objects that are attracted to a magnet and four non-metallic objects that are not attracted to a magnet. Ask students to predict if each object will be attracted to a magnet, and to record their predictions. Then, give all students a magnet. Have them test their predictions and record the outcomes of their investigation.
What Makes a Magnet? Branley, Franklyn. (ISBN-13: 978-0060264413)
Magnetism: A Question and Answer Book. Richardson, A. (ISBN-13: 978-0736854443)
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.
Magnets and Heat: The NEED Project (PDF) - Students seek to answer the question, “Does temperature affect the force of a magnet?”