Young scientists build their own electromagnet and test it by picking up paperclips. Analysis questions evaluate knowledge at the end of the activity. 

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Research large magnetic trains including where they are being used and the pros and cons of this type of train
Classroom Considerations

  • While learners could complete the activity independently, small groups would be more efficient
  • Some learners may need instruction on how to properly use sandpaper on copper wires
  • Prior knowledge from the first lesson in this series would be helpful
  • Tthe second in a series of six lessons

  • Provides extension ideas 

  • Does not include an answer key
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