Grab Bag Magnetism Investigation

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Name of Activity

Grab Bag Magnetism Investigation

Author

David Stack and Jessica Swenson

Keywords

Magnetism, non-lego, science, hypothesis

Subject

Non-LEGO

Grade Level

5

Time

1 Hour Total

Brief Description

Students investigate whether a material is magnetic or non-magnetic to learn the properties of magnetism.

Lesson Objectives:

Understand similar properties that make something magnetic.

Materials Needed:

One magnet and grab bag per group. Grab bag includes: penny, washer, nut, rubber square, clothes pin, paper clip, and battery.

Preparation and Set Up:

Collect about eight objects that are magnetic or non-magnetic and put them in a bag for each group.

Procedure

Give the students the grab bag of materials. Have them hypothesize (introduce this word) if each object will be magnetic or non-magnetic and record this on their investigation sheet. Have the class discuss whether they think each object is magnetic or non-magnetic and record this on the board. Give each group a magnet and have them test and record for each object. Have the class discuss the results.

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