Science - 5th Grade
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.
Investigate and compare the behavior of magnetism using magnets.
Building Electromagnets and Simple Motors
The students will be able to compare permanent magnets and
electromagnets through a hands‐on experience by building an electromagnet and a motor.
They will also have the chance to try several experiments with an electromagnet that they
Don't Get Wet
Students move objects in glasses filled with water by placing magnets on the outside and using a nail-magnet system.
How Many? How Far? How Thick?
Students will conduct three related investigation concerning magnetic attraction and the relative strength of magnets.
After hanging horseshoe magnets, students will predict what will happen when the north end of their bar magnets are placed near the north end of their hanging magnets.
Magnets are attracted to certain metals and other magnets.
Students feel the attractive and repulsive forces of magnets. Students can
observe a magnetic force field by lining iron filings up with magnets. The north
and south poles of a magnet can be determined by comparing them to the
Earth’s magnetic field. Magnetizing a needle and floating it on water makes a
floating needle compass.
Magnets in a Bag
Students will compare and contrast the patterns that they create using iron fillings and different types of magnets.
Meet the Book and DVD
These activities will help students learn how to read and comprehend science text.
Paper Clip Walk
A magnet is used to make a paper clip "walk" on a paper plate. Students investigate how many paper plates through which the magnetic field will still pass.
TRB 5:3 - Activity 1: Push and Pull Magnets
Students will discover through hands-on activities that magnets have the ability to push and pull iron objects without touching them.
TRB 5:3 - Activity 2: Experimenting with Magnets
Students will complete four experiments to investigate how magnets will both attract and repel other magnets.
TRB 5:3 - Activity 3: Fun with Electromagnets
Students will construct an electromagnet and explain how it works.
TRB 5:3 - Activity 4: Electricity and Magnets
Either through a "hands-on" activity or a classroom demonstration, students will make a small motor to see the use of magnets.
Using Compare and Contrast to Write in Science
The purpose of this activity is to teach writing in a science context using the text structure of compare and contrast.
Students will use a needle and a magnet to create a compass
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