Kindergarten - Second Grade - Discovery Box
I made a discovery box of magnetic & non-magnetic items to explore using a wand magnet. I got the idea from Pinterest (fav!) at Chalk Talk. Mrs. Larremore used an open tray of items and a wand magnet to pick up the magnetic items and then sort them by magnetic & non-magnetic. I used a large clear storage container and placed various items in the container.
The students then used a wand magnet to find which items are magnetic. Then they were to journal / draw about those items in the science notebook & why they thought some items wouldn't move or stick.
Third - Fifth Grade - Floating Magnets
This one I really cheated on or you can look at it that I struck gold by finding floating magnet kits in our science lab closet. The kits come with donut magnets, rubber washers, a pencil & foam base. The students are to figure out that if you stack the magnets a certain way (The same polarity repels.) they will resist and push against each other and float on the pencil. So far the kids have thought this was really cool.
Sixth - Eighth Grade - ???????
This one I have not figured out yet since last month's "Magic" Ketchup (last post) was a little too challenging for them. Many of the students just brought the bag back not even touched. Ouch! Hmmmmmm? I first thought of having them make a homemade compass by rubbing a magnet on a needle or pin which floats on soap in a bowl of water. Again too challenging?
I am really leaning towards sending the Floating Magnets home with them too. Not very creative but I think it will be a quicker experiments for those busy middle schoolers with all that homework and easier on me. What do you think?