Reflection: Classroom Setup Will it Stick? - Section 2: Activity


This activity is very hands on and the students can become very easily distracted from what they are supposed to be doing. It is wise to man this station with a grown-up so the students stay on task. If the station can not be manned it would be a good idea for you to be set up close by so you can do regular check in's with the students. This way the students will stay on task instead of just playing with the magnets. 

The dis tractability of this station is why I do have a station purely devoted to magnet exploration. I let the students know who are at the sorting station that they will have an opportunity to "play" with magnets at the other station, but that the recording/sorting station is to be worked at and has an assigned task.  

Having a "play" station and an assigned task station helps maximize the chances of the students staying on task and meeting the set objective of classification. In between each group rotating to the sorting/classification station it is important to remember to return all the sorted items to the one main tub.  

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Will it Stick?

Unit 11: Transportation
Lesson 6 of 9

Objective: Students will be able to sort common objects into categories to gain a sense of the concepts the categories represent.

Big Idea: Exploring what sticks to a magnet helps students classify magnetic and non-magnetic items.

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