Reflection: Discourse and Questioning Sorting Magnetic Materials - Section 4: Wrap Up


Although I wasn't convinced of the use of roles for the investigators because I really want to have all of my students investigating, I loved having one recorder in the group because at the end of the lesson they used their team's recording sheet to share. This made sharing really easy at the end of the lesson! As I created one class list of the magnetic and non-magnetic materials, I started thinking, "Wow, I really should tie in what types of materials are magnetic-I can't believe I didn't think to do that!!!" Then, one of my students said, "Hey! I notice something!!" YES!!! My students saw the same thing I did! As I wrote the object on the page I had written what material it was made out of, not really thinking about tying it back in at the end of the lesson--but it worked! My students saw the connection that the plastic and wooden objects were not magnetic but some of the metal ones were. They even discussed that not all of them were, because the pennies were not magnetic. They got much more technical than I thought they would! Next time, I would plan to bring the lesson to a close by tying in the types of materials on purpose!!


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Sorting Magnetic Materials

Unit 11: Forces and Motion: Magnets and Unseen Forces
Lesson 3 of 6

Objective: SWBAT identify materials that are magnetic from those that are not.

Big Idea: To get more practice with using unseen forces, students investigate further with magnets by sorting materials into those that are magnetic and those that are not.

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Science, First Grade, 1.P.1.2 Explain how some forces (pushes and pulls) can be used to make things move without touching them, such as magnets. , Forces, Magnets
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