Magnets: What "sticks"
As an introductory activity to a unit on magnetism, students will explore what does and does not "stick" to a manget. Students will work in small groups and share their findings with the entire class as a follow-up.
- Only objects made of metal stick to magnets.
- Not all objects made of metal stick.
Context for Use
Resource Type: Activities:Lab Activity
Grade Level: Primary (K-2)
Description and Teaching Materials
Materials: magnets (one per group)
a collection of various small objects
science journals and pencils
paper for recording results
Students will work together in small groups to determine what objects stick to a magnet. As each item is checked, the recorder will add that item to the list as either "sticks" or "doesn't stick"
When students have had enough time to collect data a reporter from each group will share their findings. As a wrap-up to the lesson conduct a discussion about what was common to all objects that "stuck" to a magnet.
Teaching Notes and Tips
In the past I did not have students working in groups but rather let each student individually explore with a magnet.