Monday, October 10, 2011

A Magnetic Attraction

ome teachers in my district are using magnets in science right now, so I thought I would make a post sharing any ideas I could find on teaching with magnets.

In Texas, our state science standards include magnets. These are the science TEKS that apply to the following magnet activities and lessons.
(1)  Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student conducts classroom and outdoor investigations following home and school safety procedures and uses environmentally appropriate and responsible practices. The student is expected to:
(A)  identify and demonstrate safe practices as described in the Texas Safety Standards during classroom and outdoor investigations, including wearing safety goggles, washing hands, and using materials appropriately;
(B)  discuss the importance of safe practices to keep self and others safe and healthy; and

(2)  Scientific investigation and reasoning. The student develops abilities to ask questions and seek answers in classroom and outdoor investigations. The student is expected to:
(A)  ask questions about organisms, objects, and events observed in the natural world;
(B)  plan and conduct simple descriptive investigations such as ways objects move;
(C)  collect data and make observations using simple equipment such as hand lenses, primary balances, and non-standard measurement tools;
(D)  record and organize data and observations using pictures, numbers, and words; and
(E)  communicate observations with others about simple descriptive investigations.

6)  Force, motion, and energy. The student knows that energy, force, and motion are related and are a part of their everyday life. The student is expected to:
(B)  explore interactions between magnets and various materials;

a few magnet read alouds...

I know I have this video posted twice, but I can't seem to delete them :(

possible materials to use in the science station....
Science Centers for Preschoolers

from Sonshine Kids
Play "I Spy" in the science center. Add some "I Spy" books just for fun. 

magnet resources for purchase....

a few magnet activities...

Be a magnet detective. Let students wear special hats and glasses and walk around the classroom or the school looking for items that are magnetic. Jumbo horseshoe magnets are great for this. Give students a handout to record their findings.

Provide students (or group of students) with two magnets and ask them to describe how the two interact. Make a list of observations on chart paper. Discuss their findings. 

from Kelly's Kindergarten 
If Kelly's Kindergarten is a new site to you, make sure you check out her entire site. It is full of great resources.
 a few science activities with free downloadable recording sheets

Magnets can attract iron from the soil. Place a magnet in a plastic lunch bag and hold it over the soil.
Little bits of iron that are present in the dirt will lean up and adhere to the sides of the bag. If you hold
the bag over a dinner plate and slowly remove themagnet, you’ll be able to harvest the iron from the

Etch-a Sketch and Magna-Doodle are toys that utilize magnets and the same little bits of iron that we
extracted from the soil. Use ring magnets and magnetic bars and beads with your magnetic toys.

Use a shoebox to create a magnetic magic show. Place small metal objects on the side of the box and
move the magnets on the inside of the box. Make paperclips or nails dance, or draw pictures with the
bits of iron that came from the soil.

Full length magnet lesson plans....
Teaching About Magnets in Kindergarten
May the Force Be With You: A Unit on Magnets
Kindergarten Lesson Plan: What Makes a Magnet

a few good sites to explore....
Science Centers for Preschoolers
Magnets in the Science Center (This page offers a great idea for making easy magnet tubes for your students to explore with. You will also find a free downloadable recording sheet with this activity. )
Kindergarten Science Lessons from EHow Family


Leslie from Gettin' Skooled said...

Thank you so much for sharing these ideas. When my son and I first started discussing his education, I asked him, "What do you want to learn?" His answer was a resounding, "Magnets!!!" We will definitely add these ideas to our magnet unit coming up.

Heather's Heart said...

I am a Texas teacher too! Thank you for sharing this! Check out the *FREE* printables on my blog. I have several activities that can help with the TPRI!

Crayons and Curls said...

I am a Texas teacher also!!! We do CScope and magnets are coming up - so this is so helpful! Thank you! :)
Crayons and Curls

Tamara L. Chilver said...

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Sue said...

Nice Ideas love magnets. Your activities look like a lot fun.
Sue :)

Mrs. Coe said...

Just saw this post! I Love it!

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Rhianon said...

Hi, these are some great activities with magnets! So fun, thanks for sharing! Magnets are such an awesome way to get kids interested in science; and they can be such useful tools, too. Did you know that food manufacturers actually use magnets to remove foreign metal objects from food? You can read more about it here: So not only are they neat, they are extremely useful!