Physical Science/Magnets


Second graders study physics through the investigation of magnets. In this physical science lesson, 2nd graders watch a PowerPoint about magnetism and complete a magnet experiment. Students review terms associated with magnets and complete a chart of items in their classroom that would be repelled or attracted to magnets. Students complete a map by identifying objects that a magnet would attract.

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Instructional Design
Inquiry-Based Learning
Shannon Loftus

Science in Focus: Force and Motion

Students explore force and motion through a series of experiments. In this physics lesson plan, students create and interpret speed graphs. They build an electromagnet and explain the factors affecting its strength.


First graders investigate magnetism. In this magnetism lesson, 1st graders classify objects as being magnetic or nonmagnetic. Students receive a pile of objects to test. Students test the items and give a rationale of why they think the item is magnetic or not.


Students demonstrate the process of science by posing questions and investigating phenomena through language, methods and instruments of science as they experiment at four teacher-created stations to explain the fundamentals of magnetism.

Attract or Repel?

Opposites attract with a fun science experiment on magnets. With a short paragraph on background knowledge, the lab sheet prompts third and fourth graders to choose which pairs of magnets will attract, and which pairs will repel. A science investigation section allows kids to perform this experiment with actual magnets.

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Students explore magnets. In this physics lesson plan, students use bar magnets and paper clips to identify the poles of the magnet. Students record their results in their Magnetic Journal.


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Exploring Magnets and Magnetism

Here is a very good lesson plan on magnets, magnetism, and magnitic fields that is chock full of great activities for you to implement with your young scientists. Learners discover the properties of magnets, look at the forces of attraction and repulsion, and make a functioning magnet.

Magnetic Levitation Train

Students use the Internet to discover the physics behind Maglev technology. They examine properties of magnets at Canada's Science and Technology museum. They participate in tutorials in which they can observe how different objects work.

Physics -- 24

Students record all of the instances of physics and science they are involved with in a full day. As a class, they complete a KWL chart on physics and read a story about Murphy's Law and the character's experiences. Individually, they make hypothesis and test their results based on the situations they find them in.

Magnet Lessons - Opposites Do Attract

Students can discover how opposites attract using magnet lesson plans that will engage the curious and active learner.

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