Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Magnet Scavenger Hunt - Section 3: Closing

 

I found that during the student activity, that a majority of the students went right toward things made of metal. They just seem to already have that concept. However, most of the students were not capable of telling me why. 

I had a few students that knew that metal objects were magnetic and could verbalize that.

Doing the read aloud at the end of a lesson is not typical for me. I usually read a non fiction text at the beginning of the lesson.

In this lesson, I wanted to get a good feel for what the students knew beforehand. It also makes their exploration during the hunt a little more curious. Some students were still trying things that were not metal. For me, this gives them the opportunity to wonder some and to try and come up with some conclusions on their own before giving them the information. This is inquiry!

Then, while reading the book, there are some aha moments when students can internalize why an object stuck to their magnet wand or not.

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Magnet Scavenger Hunt

Unit 6: Magnets
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: Students will find things that are magnetic by exploring the classroom on a scavenger hunt.

Big Idea: Students begin to think about what objects are made of and what properties magnetic objects have in common.

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