Lesson Plan #: AELP-PHS0001
Submitted by: Justina Schiano
School/University/Affiliation: Staten Island College
Endorsed by: Robert H. Tai, Staten Island College
Date: December 10, 1998
Grade Level(s): Kindergarten, 1, 2, 3
Duration: 45 minutes
Description: In this lesson, students will study magnetism and its properties.
Goals: Can we feel and use the force of a magnet? Study of magnets and their physical properties.
Objectives: To identify the two forces of a magnet-push and pull.
1 bar magnet, wooden ruler, penny, paper clips etc. donut magnets (2 for each child in a group), plastic stirrers, ball of clay, trays, plastic objects.
1. Read Mickey’s Magnet by Franklyn M. Branley and Eleanor K. Vaughan.
2. Ask questions-How did Mickey start picking up the pins? What made this job easier?
3. Introduce vocabulary
e. magnetic force
5. Have volunteers try to pick up the objects displayed using the bar magnet (e.g., wooden ruler, penny, plastic object, aluminum object, and a variety of iron and steel objects.
6. Ask children-
2. What force did the magnet use to pick up the items?
8. Divide the class into groups of 4 and distribute trays containing a ball of clay, plastic stirrers, and 2 donut magnets for each child in group.
9. Allow children to investigate by themselves for awhile.
10. Ask children to do the following:
b. flip over one magnet and see if you feel something different.
c. hold one magnet flat on the palm of your hand. Take the other magnet and place it on top like a sandwich. Flip magnet over and try again.
What did you learn about magnets?
What two forces are found in magnets?
What happens when the ends of a magnet meet? Are both ends the same? Explain.
Useful Internet Resource:
* Bill Nye The Science Guy – Magnetism
Click on Episode Guides, Physical Science, Physics, and then Magnetism.