Electricity and Magnetism

June 4, 2014 in Science - No Comments
Text reads "Electricity and Magnetism in the elementary classroom using a hands on approach" there is a picture of a magnet and lightbulb
We have been studying electricity and magnetism in science.  I love studying this because there are a lot of activities for the students to do.  I am sharing these fun lab stations that we worked on yesterday.  I absolutely love when I hear the students getting into the activities and coming up with their own mini experiments.
There were 5 lab stations for each group of students to visit.  They had to record their data on their lab sheets.

Station 1: Circuits

The absolute student favorite was making circuits.  They had many materials at their disposal to light the bulb.
Hands holding a battery with wire and a light bulb lit up
A picture of a complete circuit using two batteries, wires, and a bulb

Station 2: Magnet Boats

This station the students had to get the boat across the water using magnets.  The boat was supposed to be cork, but you have to work with what you’ve got right?
An aluminum foil boat with a magnet on the back being steered in water by a magnet

Station 3: Magnetic/Nonmagnetic Sort

Next, they sorted out materials into magnetic and nonmagnetic categories.  They had a great time trying out some additional materials as well.

A magnet with paper clips stuck to it

The last two stations were on static electricity.

Station 4: Static Electricity Balloons

The students at this station took a piece of felt and rubbed it along the balloons.  Then they put the balloons near each other and observed what happened.

Two balloons on a string being pulled towards each other

two balloons on strings touching due to static electricity

Station 5: Static Electricity Test

I didn’t take pictures of the last station…silly me!  The students took balloons and tested out static electricity on their hair, paper, and the wall.  They really had a blast with all of it.

Today we did an electricity and magnetism scoot.  They were so cutthroat!  They wanted to be the first ones done with all the problems correct.

Picture of kids doing an electricity and magnetism scoot

These products are available in my store if you want to try them out.  If you do let me know if your students had as much fun learning about electricity and magnetism as mine did!

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Cover Image reads "Electricity and Magnetism Scoot"  Click on it to go to the page on Teachers Pay Teachers
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