lesson by revising the other types of energy we have already covered
e.g. pushing, pulling, electricity etc. Then elicit the word 'magnet'
from the children by giving them certain clues, for example:
black, it's in the kitchen sometimes on the fridge, lots of people
buy them when they are on holidays". Through questioning additional
information on magnets is added to class discussion.
The teacher then demonstrates the magnetic force of magnets
by showing how magnets can attract and repel each other. The teacher
then using 'Smudge the Scientist CD Rom' reinforces the concept
by playing Smudge's Train Game. This game consists of placing magnets
disguised as carriages in a certain order, eg a North end of one
carriage must face the South end of another carriage, thus reinforcing
the concept that magnets attract each other. A North end is needed
at the end of the train to repel it from the 'station' which is
also a North end. If the magnets are aligned properly the train
and the children experiment with various materials to find out which
are attracted to magnets and which are not. A variety of materials
are placed in the centre of each group and each child is given a
are recorded by taking pictures using the digital camera.
The lesson was concluded using the 'CD Rom Smudge the Scientist'.
The teacher and children read through Smudge's Fact File and do
Smudges Grouping Activity in his kitchen which involves separating
magnetic and non-magnetic materials.