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Magnetism Unit Plan

Grade: 2 Subject: Science Time: 2 months

Unit Rationale:
Why is this unit taught?

This unit is taught to allow students to explore the properties of magnets. This activity-based
unit will provide students with an exciting starting point to the school year. Through exploration and
discovery students will determine the properties of magnets and what exactly they are able to do with
certain materials. Students also have an opportunity in this unit to show and tell about magnets in their
own homes.

A booklet has been created for students to receive in the first weeks of school that will provide
them with all of the worksheets needed for this unit.

Outcomes Taught:
Topic C:

SLOs:

1. Identify where magnets are used in the environment and why they are used.

2. Distinguish materials that are attracted by a magnet from those that are not

3. Recognize that magnets attract materials with iron or steel in them; and given a variety of metallic
and non-metallic objects, predict those that will be attracted by a magnet

4. Recognize that magnets have polarity, demonstrate that poles may either repel or attract each
other, and state a rule for when poles will repel or attract each other.

5. Design and produce a device that uses a magnet.

6. Demonstrate that most materials are transparent to the effects of a magnet. A magnetic field will
pass through such materials, whereas other materials interact with a magnet.

7. Compare and measure the strength of magnets

Skills:
2-3: Construct, with guidance, an object that achieves a given purpose, using materials that are
provided.
Major Activities:
Funny Fish
Students will create a fishing rod out of a pencil, string and a magnet. They will cut out their own
fish and attach paper clips to them. They will place their fish in a bowl of water and go fishing for them.
Students will complete a short exit slip to show what they learned.

1. Why were you able to catch the fish using your magnet fishing rod?
2. Why was the magnet able to work through the water?

Outcomes:

SLO 2: Distinguish materials that are attracted by a magnet from those that are not

SLO 3: Recognize that magnets attract materials with iron or steel in them; and given a variety of
metallic and non-metallic objects, predict those that will be attracted by a magnet

SLO 4: Demonstrate that most materials are transparent to the effects of a magnet. A magnetic field will
pass through such materials, whereas other materials interact with a magnet.

Buried Treasure
Students will work as groups at centres. Each centre will have a bin filled with sand and many
hidden treasures inside. Students will use a variety of magnets to retrieve items from the sand. Students
will complete a short exit slip to show what they learned.

1. Draw a picture to show what you did


2. What did you learn about how magnets work in the sand?

This activity will lead up to the writing piece about buried treasure and metal detectors.

Outcomes:

SLO 2: Distinguish materials that are attracted by a magnet from those that are not

SLO 3: Recognize that magnets attract materials with iron or steel in them; and given a variety of
metallic and non-metallic objects, predict those that will be attracted by a magnet

SLO 6: Demonstrate that most materials are transparent to the effects of a magnet. A magnetic field will
pass through such materials, whereas other materials interact with a magnet.

SLO 7: Compare and measure the strength of magnets


Magnetic Cars
Students will be given a cut out to create their own car. They will assemble the cut out and
attach a paper clip to the bottom of it. They will use a magnet to race their cars on a racetrack.

After racing their cars, students will be expected to answer a couple short questions in the form
of an exit slip.

1. Why could you drive your car around?


2. Why did your magnet work even though there was cardboard between the car and magnet?

Outcomes:

SLO 3: Recognize that magnets attract materials with iron or steel in them; and given a variety of
metallic and non-metallic objects, predict those that will be attracted by a magnet

SLO 5: Design and produce a device that uses a magnet.

SLO 6: Demonstrate that most materials are transparent to the effects of a magnet. A magnetic field will
pass through such materials, whereas other materials interact with a magnet.

Create a Device
Final Project

Students will be given a variety of materials, and will make a device, game or activity that uses
magnets with the materials provided. Students can work individually or in partners.

Magnets Buttons
Cardboard Magnetic filings
Shoeboxes Sand
Paper Clips Sticks or rulers
String Pencils, paper and crayons
Pipe Cleaners Construction paper
Lego Washers
Plastacine Needles
Tape

Students will be given three class periods to create their device and can explain the process,
purpose, and design in a two ways:

iPad movie interview


filling out a handout

In their explanation, students will need to answer the following questions:

1. Why were magnets useful for your device?


2. Materials that I used
3. What is my device?
4. How does my device work?
5. Draw a picture, or show my device on the video
6. How could I make my device better?

Outcomes:

Skills:
2-3: Construct, with guidance, an object that achieves a given purpose, using materials that are
provided.

Understandings:
Topic C:

SLO 3: Recognize that magnets attract materials with iron or steel in them; and given a variety of
metallic and non-metallic objects, predict those that will be attracted by a magnet

SLO 5: Design and produce a device that uses a magnet.

Unit Test
A short unit quiz will be given to the students at the end of this unit to evaluate their knowledge
of the basic concepts of magnetism. Students will also have the option to have a scribe write their
answers if the process of writing will impede their ability to show their knowledge.

Outcomes:

SLO 1. Identify where magnets are used in the environment and why they are used.

SLO 2. Distinguish materials that are attracted by a magnet from those that are not

SLO 3. Recognize that magnets attract materials with iron or steel in them; and given a variety of
metallic and non-metallic objects, predict those that will be attracted by a magnet

SLO 4. Recognize that magnets have polarity, demonstrate that poles may either repel or attract each
other, and state a rule for when poles will repel or attract each other.

SLO 6. Demonstrate that most materials are transparent to the effects of a magnet. A magnetic field will
pass through such materials, whereas other materials interact with a magnet.
Lesson Overview Calendar:
September 2017

Week 1:
September 18-21 Exploring Magnets What Are Magnets 1. Introduction to Funny Fish
(Give students a (Read p. 6 from The show and tell. EXPERIMENT
variety of magnets Science Book of 2. Read Magnets by (Show Magnetism for
and items that are Magnets aloud at the Troll Associates to Kids video on youtube.
either magnetic or carpet) the class Share with students the
non magnetic) Allow (Give students what (Explain the magnetic next activity- Funny fish,
students the period to are magnets handout show and tell to the where we will go fishing
discover what things and read together) students. Each day we with magnets The
are magnetic (Give students flip the card to a new Science Book of
throughout the room, prediction sheet about show and teller, that Magnets) SLO 3
and what magnets what will or will not be student can bring in their
attract. End with a attracted to a magnet favorite magnet from Why were the fish able
magnet hunt, search and tell them that we home on their day.) SLO to be caught even
the room for will do the experiment 1&2 through the water?
something that may next day) Explain that most
be magnetic) SLO 1 & SLO 3 materials are
2 transparent to the
To what will the effect of magnets. SLO 6
magnet stick
handout

Week 2: Opening Mass


September 25-29 North/South Magnets Attracting Buried Treasure
attracting and and Repelling Will Magnets attract or EXPERIMENT
repelling handout repel? (Search for buried
(North/South bar (Read the handout (Give students handout, treasure in a tub of
magnet craft. together. Ask students and make predictions. sand. Hide metal objects
Repelling/Attracting to predict what will Give the students the inside the sand and use
predictions and and wont attract on magnets necessary to try a magnet to find them.)
testing at 4 centers) the back page) SLO 4 it on their own) SLO 4 SLO 3 & 6
SLO 4

October 2017

Week 3:
October 2-6 Buried Treasure What magnet is the Paper Clip Lift Up
Writing Assignment strongest? (EPS Master 7 Test
(Tell a story about EXPERIMENT the strength of
using a magnet to find (Use what magnet is magnets)
buried treasure) the strongest
handout and have
students test which
magnet will pull a
paperclip from
further away) SLO 7
Week 4: October Thanksgiving PD Day
11-13 Magnets in my home Magnets in my home
writing project writing project
(Ask students to go (Students will write
home and try to find a about the job that the
magnet that is doing a magnet does in their
job in their home. Ask house and why it is
them to get help from important that it is
their parents. Draw the there.) SLO 1
magnet on a piece of
paper and bring it back
to school.) SLO 1
Week 5: October
16-20 Testing magnets Through it all Magnetic Car Earth as a Magnet
through a surface (Through how many EXPERIMENT The Earth as a magnet
(Provide students with pages will a magnet (Drive your magnetic handout P. 12 Magnets
a variety of surfaces, attract?) SLO 6 car around the track.) Relate to mapping unit
and ask them to place in social studies
a metal item on top of Through it all, P. 37
it and a magnet below Mostly Magnets
to see if they can
move the magnet
from underneath the
surface) SLO 6

Week 6: October Parent Collaboration Parent Collaboration


23-27 Review Review Meetings Meetings
Magnet painting 2learn.ca Unit Test Create a Device
(Students will work
alone or in groups to
create a magnetic
device, when they are
finished they will
record an interview on
iPads as to what
magnetic functions
their device had.)
SLO 5
Week 7: October
30-31 Create a Device Create a Device
SLO 5
Resources:

The Science Book of Magnets

Edmonton Public Schools Magnetism Grade 2

Magnets by Laurence Santrey

The Science Book of Magnets by Neil Ardley

Magnets by Melanie Komar

Mostly Magnets by Gretchen Winkleman

Magnets, Force and Motion by Tunstalls Teaching Tidbits

BGRS Engaging Students Website

Magnetism for Kids by Smart Learning for All

Magnetism: The Dr. Binocs Show by Peekaboo Kids

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