Overview

Earth ands some earth materials have magnetic properties. Without touching them, a magnet attracts things made of iron and either pushes or pulls on other magnets.

Objectives

Students will understand that magnetism can be observed when there is an interaction between the magnetic fields of magnets or between a magnet and materials made of iron by:
• investigating and comparing the behavior of magnetism using magnets.
• Describing how the magnetic field of Earth and a magnet are similar.

Assignments to Complete

You are responsible for:
• Participate in the project experiments and activities.
• Complete all assignments given during class and as homework.
• On a discussion page, tell what you learned about magnetism.
Discussion assignment
• Click on the Discussion Tab
• Complete your assignment. Don’t forget to type your name on the message.
• Make a comment on another student’s discussion topic.

Timeline

  • Introduction of Unit and First Activity: Monday
  • Rotate Second Activity: Tuesday
  • Rotate Third Activity: Thursday
  • Review Concepts Activity: Monday
  • Review and Test: Tuesday

Vocabulary students should know

attract, compass, electromagnetism, magnetic field, magnetic force, natural magnet, permanent magnet , properties, repel, temporary magnet

Materials needed for this project

  • Science notebooks
  • Pencil boxes (colored pencils, scissors, etc.)
  • Bill Nye the Science Guy – Magnetism DVD

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