I wanted a quick and fun activity to do with my magnets lesson today. Yesterday, I introduced the term magnetic field by having the students feel the force of magnetic poles repelling. They enjoyed it, but I wasn't confident with their mastery of the term magnetic field. So, I tried a super easy experiment that the kids loved.
Take paperclips and tie a piece of yarn to each one.
Tape the yarn to the desk and give the kids a magnet.
The quietest bus call all year! This was all they wanted to do!
It literally took minutes to set up and I plan to leave the clips taped to the desks for the rest of the week. The kids were fascinated with trying to make the magnet float. I even told them that they could talk while they worked as long as I heard them using the term magnetic field. Bonus! They figured out the poles are where the magnet has the greatest pull! It was awesome! I am a genius! I can't wait to see how they perform on their assessment. :) Try it!