Physical Science/Magnets


Second graders study physics through the investigation of magnets. In this physical science activity, 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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Students complete a series of experiments using magnets. In this physical science and magnetism instructional activity, students first predict and test the magnetic properties of various objects, then students determine if the size of a magnet impacts its magnetic strength. To complete the instructional activity, students make their own magnet and try it out.

Introduction to Magnets

Learners explore physical science by reading a science book in class. In this magnets lesson, students identify the scientific properties of a magnet and the importance of poles. Learners read the book What Makes a Magnet? and answer study questions based on Earth science.

Magnet Lessons - Opposites Do Attract

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

What is the Attraction?

Second graders investigate the law of polarity. In this magnets activity, 2nd graders discover how magnets are used in everyday life and which objects in our environment are magnetic. Students experiment with bar magnets and record their findings and combine them to create a PowerPoint.

What is Magnetism?

Students investigate magnetism. For this physics lesson, students create a KWL chart about magnetism and research various suggested websites to find out more about magnetism. Students log on to the "BrainPOP" website and view a short video that shows what magnetism is. Students use two bar magnets and a compass to make observations about magnetism.

What Is The Attraction?

Second graders explore how magnets are used in everyday life, how magnets were discovered, and what objects in our environment are magnetic. Students participate in various hands-on experiments, keep a record of their findings and observations, and present these experiments through a PowerPoint presentation.

Magnets-Special Forces

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

Magnets and Springs

Students explore magnetic attraction. In this magnets lesson, students participate in an interactive whiteboard activity in which objects are dragged onto a virtual table and categorized as to whether they are "repelled" or "attracted" to a magnet.

Magnets and Me

Students explore magnets. In this physics lesson, students use magnets and various metals to determine how magnets work. Students record their observations.

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.

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