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Earth Science
-Inside Earth
-Identifying Minerals
-Dinosaur Traces
-Star Clock

Life Science
-Cell Study
-Human Puzzle
-DNA Whodunit

Computer Science:
-Trajectory Lab

Physical Science:
-Making Paint
-Bubble Prints
-Speed Fizz
-Bridge Building
-Forcing Gravity
-Gears & Gizmos
-Simple Machines
-Solar Energy
-Switch On
-Dying for a Tan

Physical Science:


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.

Magnets: Teacher Notes

(Abobe Acrobat Reader required--download free reader)
Print 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 Spanish
  • 30 pencils
  • Colored Pencils (3 boxes)
Activity 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 Set
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.

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.
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The Science Enrichment Program
Rozeanne Steckler, Ph.D. -- Director of Education -- NACSE
1148 Kelley Engineering Center -- Oregon State University -- Corvallis, OR 97331
Phone: 541-737-6601 -- FAX: 541-737-6609 -- steckler@nacse.org

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