those Magnet Muscles!
Problems: Which lab magnet is the strongest? Which is the weakest?
What part of a magnet is the strongest?
Materials: Several bar magnets and/or magnets of different sizes
and shapes, several magnetic objects (paper clips, nails, iron filings,
etc.), several nonmagnetic objects (plastic, paper, coins, etc.), pens
and/or pencils, data-capture sheet - one per student (pages 13, 15,
23, 72, 82 92), 20 small nails, large nails, 20 metal paper clips, several
compasses, a table or flat surface, wooden rulers and construction paper.
- Once each group has been placed, the groups will be given the rules
for each learning station. Students will have 20 minutes to formulate
a hypothesis, test the hypothesis and come up with a conclusion for
each station. Predictions and outcomes are to be in written format
by the stenographer in each cooperative learning group.
- You will make a data-capture sheet with your teacher.
- Each group begins to research.
STATION A ATTRACTION ACTION
- Using a bar magnet, select one object at time to see if it is magnetic.
- Record your findings on the data-capture sheet provided.
- Once you have tested all of the objects provided, be creative and
find five more objects to test for magnet properties.
- Repeat step
STATION B MAGNETIC MUSCLE
- With the 20 nails make a pile on a desk or other hard surface.
- Choose one magnet and place it in the pile of nails.
- Slowly lift it out of the pile and record the number of nails it
picks up on the data-capture sheet provided.
- Repeat steps 2-3 with the remaining magnets.
- Replace the nails with the 20 paper clips and repeat steps 2-4.
Compare your results from the first experience.
STATION C MAGNETIC MAP
- Place the bar magnet in the middle of the piece of paper and trace
around it to mark its position.
- Put the compass on the paper near the magnet. Draw and arrow between
the compass and the magnet showing the farthest point where the compass
needle is affected by the magnetic field.
- Repeat step two several times all around the magnet.
- Once you have completed step three, you will be able to see where
the magnetic field exists, where it is the strongest, and where it
is the weakest.
STATION D NEIGHBORLY NAIL
- With the large nails try to pick up some of the smaller nails or
paper clips. Observe what happens and record on data capture sheet.
- With one end of the bar magnet, stroke the nail 25 times in the
- Try again to pick up the small nails or paper clips with the newly
magnetized nail. Observe what happens and record on data-capture sheet.
- Carefully throw the magnetized nail against a hard surface.
- Try one more time to pick up the small nails or paper clips with
the nails. Observe what happens and record on data-capture sheet.
- Repeat this experience using iron fillings instead of nails or paper
clip. Observe what happens and record on data-capture sheet.
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