Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Opposites Attract: Study of Magnets

 The kids have loved studying magnets for the past two weeks.  I have to admit, I LOVE playing with magnets too.  We only had teach a few standards and cover some vocabulary: attract, repel, magnetism, poles, compass, types of magnets, magnetic fields, classifying things that a magnet will attract and not attract.

The lessons that I used were from the following AIMS book that was purchased by my school system.  I print out their resources at 78% so they will fit into their science notebooks.

There are some great videos on Brain Pop($) and Scholastic Study Jams(free).  

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We have a few DVDs in our library.

Here are a few trade books.  They are very basic and were used to reinforce the concepts. 
They were written for younger grades.  My favorite resource is Sciencesaurus which is written for grade 4-5.  It covers all topics of Science.

What Makes a Magnet? (Let's-Read-and-Find-Out Science 2)What Magnets Can Do (Rookie Read-About Science)

Magnets: Pulling Together, Pushing Apart (Amazing Science (Picture Window))ScienceSaurus Student Handbook 2005 Gr 4-5 | Main photo (Cover)

The last day I set up a few stations.  They used the iron filings to see the magnetic field, they experimented with the mineral magnetite, used a compass and a compass made with a needle and cork that floated on water.



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