Prior to beginning the lesson: (1) Photocopy Exploring Magnetic Poles
(1 per student). (Allow 15-20 minutes for instruction time.)
Students will be able to:
Exploring Magnetic Poles
(see attachment), Magnets marked with “north” and “south”
Divide students into partners. Hand out two magnets to each group. Give students a chance to explore with their magnets, putting like and unlike poles together.
Tell students: Turn to your partner and tell them what you feel when like poles are next to each other. Turn to your partner and tell them what you feel when unlike poles are next to each other.
Distribute Exploring Magnetic Poles. Direct pairs of students to work together to complete the activity.
Teacher should circulate to make sure all groups understand the concept.
Modifications: For students with special needs, provide one-on-one assistance as necessary.
Monitor students’ participation for understanding. Circulate classroom to ensure students are writing correct answers.
Benchmark or Standards:
National Science Education Standards K-4.1 Science as Inquiry
– As a result of the activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop:
National Science Education Standards K-4.2 Physical Science
– As a result of the activities in Grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of:
Properties of objects and materials.
Light, heat, electricity, and magnetism.