Strand: Energy and Forces

Lesson: Magnetic Materials

This is a series of lessons on 'Magnets' taught over a period of time.


To motivate the pupils to seek out information through exploration .To increase their awareness of magnetic materials and non-magnetic materials.

To give the pupils opportunities for scientific experiments.

Materials Needed

Laptop / Projector / Speakers
' Mad About Science' Disc 1- Energy, DK
Environmental Science Book: 'Look Around' - 2nd Class
1000 Questions & Answers Resource Book
Prim. Ed. - Comprehension Upper Primary -p14-15 - Worksheet
Horse Shoe Magnets, Stick Magnets, Materials of various properties
Lucky Dip - Discover what material are magnetic or not Introduction: Lucky Dip - Discover what material are magnetic or not.



The topic was introduced through the following lessons:

(1) Brainstorm a web on what ideas the pupils have on Magnets and what past experiences they had on magnets.

(2) Refine the information they have picked up from the lesson by questioning or explaining new scientific language.


The topic was further developed through these lessons:

(1) Use the Laptop in class and 'Mad About Science - Disc 3 - Energy' to build on and extend the pupils concepts and knowledge of magnets.

CD Information Information:

Forces - Push / Pull
Poles - Repel / Attraction
Magnetic materials - non magnetic materials
Questions & Answers Quiz 2

(2) Discuss and add new information to classroom web diagram received from software. Display Web diagram in class.

(3) Discuss lesson in textbook 'Look Around'. Discuss worksheet - Prim. Ed.

(4) Decide on Activities for experimental purposes. These activities are:
(a) exploring magnetic and non-magnetic materials
(b) Lucky Dip: box of varied materials
- children dip in magnets
- record what is magnetic or non-magnetic

(5) Children record their findings. Team leader reports back group findings.

Conclusion/Follow Up Activities

Add information from group reports to classroom webs.
Write about experiments.
Repeat this lesson to reinforce information.

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