This lab has 2 sections. Read the book at the beginning so that
everyone has the necessary background to complete all of the activities.
Activity 2 is a self-paced
exploration for 4th - 6th graders. For grades K-2,
the first two activities in the Exploring Magnets
Lab Book will fill a 45-minute time slot. For grades 2nd and 3rd
you can proceed farther into Exploring Magnets Lab Book. The material
given here is best presented in a two-week series.
Acrobat Reader required--download
the "Magnets" Teacher's Notes.
Print the "Magnets"
Student Lab Book (english)
Print the "Magnets"
Student Lab Book (spanish)
Supplies (for a class of 28 students):
- What Makes a Magnet (by Franklyn Branley; ISBN 0-06-445148-8)
- 14 Magnet Discovery Kits
- 14 Everyday objects bags
- 14 Wooden tongue depressors
- 14 Clear plastic cups
- 14 Plastic baggies
- 28 Student lab books (3rd - 6th grades) or Exploring Magnets
- Lab Book (K - 3rd grades) – available in English or
- 30 pencils
- Colored Pencils (3 boxes)
1: Book and Group Discussion
For Daisies and young Brownies, start the lab with reading the magnet
book titled What Makes a Magnet. As you read the book, you may wish
to do the experiments as demonstrations for the students. Most of
the supplies you need are provided in the kit. For the older students,
proceed directly to the activities. The students will learn through
the experiments the information that is contained in the book.
Activity 2: Exploring the Magnet
For younger students pass out the magnet sets, the everyday objects
pack to each team and a Magnet Discovery lab book and pencil to
each student. Note that the Magnet Discovery lab books are available
in Spanish and English.
Pass out a magnet discovery kits and an everyday objects pack
to each team of students. In addition, pass out a lab notebook
and a pencil to each student. In going through the exercises remind
the students to record their predictions, observations, and results
in their lab notebook.