I wanted a way to gauge how well my students understood the concept of magnets and magnetism and how they relate to our daily lives. As the second part of my first lesson , I referred back to that lesson as a springboard to today's lesson. Allowing me to connect the use of magnets in the past to its possible uses in the future.
I created a PowerPoint, My invention that will rely on magnetism, to help guide this lesson and help me touch upon different learning styles. The PowerPoint also helped me focus on what was most essential for the lesson, unleashing my students' imaginations.
Using a Mind Map of how and when we use magnets, helped my students zero in on what magnets are used for in today's world. The students worked in pairs to come up with at least six ways magnets are used. We then created a class mind map to share ideas. Students wrote an essay on an invention, or an enhancement to an already existing invention that can benefit from the use of magnets. I asked the students to draw a diagram of their invention first in order for them to refer back to the diagram when writing the essay. I also reminded them that they had to explain how their invention would work and include at least 3 facts about magnetism that would support the invention.
Being able to explain your thinking is extremely important. I created a Rubric for their essay on an Invention using Magnets , this ensured that the necessary components of the essay were covered. "Defining a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets" is a performance standard for forces and motion in the Next Generation Science Standards. After writing their essays, some students shared their ideas, and not only were they amazing, they met the Standard by explaining their new ideas based on what magnets can do. Here are some examples of their work. I included one by one of my English Language Learners, who focused on a Magnetic invention, Magnetic football. He hadn't written anything all year and was really excited over this assignment, he got the gist and that made my day! Here are a few others that shared their ideas,Magnetic invention student sample, Magnetic Invention Hoverboard, and My Magnetic Invention, Magnetic glasses.