Thematic Units - Magnets & Electricity

Magnets & Electricity

You will find various Lesson Plans on the top portion of this page.
Further down, you will find Web Sites.
At the bottom of the page, you will find Books that you can order directly from!

Lesson Plans , Activities, Experiments

About Magnets Grades Primary
Students will be designing a magnet from a sewing needle and making a compass.

Batteries and Bulbs Grades Intermediate
Students will be exposed to the uses of batteries and bulbs and will be able to explain the difference between series and parallel circuits.

Electric Currents and Circuits Grades Intermediate
Students will explore everyday electronics and circuits.

Electric Playdough Grades 2-5
"If you love doing arts and crafts with your students, this lesson plan is for you! Teach them about energy, electricity, and circuits as they build light-up sculptures, using something they are all familiar with—play dough"

Electricity Webquest Grades Intermediate
The power has gone can you get it back on?

Electricity Grades Intermediate
Students will be able experiment with static electricity and circuits.

Electricity Grades 5-12
The main objective of this lesson is to teach elementary electricity principles with the use of materials which are easily available.

Electricity and Magnetism Experiments Grade 4
Hands-on experiments for students.

Electricity and Magnetism Webquest Grades 6-8
"This provides an overview of electromagnetism. Students will be required to construct an electromagnet at the end of the less."

Electromagnets Grades Intermediate
The students will make an electromagnet and determine the strength of the electromagnet.

Electromagnets Grades 3-4
Students will be able to construct an electromagnet, increase its strength, and better understand its properties.

Electrostatics Grades Primary
The main objective of the Mini-teach is to show Primary students that there is electricity in all matter.

Fish & Clips Grades K-1
Students will understand some of the characteristic of magnets.

Fruity Battery Grades 4-8
"In this science fair project,construct batteriesfrom various fruits and testthem to see which one will producethe most electric current. Then, determine if it would be practical to use fruit as a natural source for generating electricity."

How Smart Are You About Electricity, Batteries And Conductors? Grades 3-8
The concepts of batteries, electrons, conductors, and more will be covered.

How Strong is Your Magnet? Grades 3-5
To experimentally measure the strength of a magnet and graph how the strength changes as the distance from the magnet increases, and as the barrier (masking tape) is built between the magnet and an iron object.

Introduction to Elementary Circuits Grades Intermediate
Students will have the opportunity to build and test basic electrical circuits.

Introduction to Magnets Grades All
This unit will introduce students to the forces of magnetism, electromagnetism and static electricity.

Just Turn it Off Grades K-2
Energy is often expended when it need not be. Students will investigate the importance of turning off lights, toys, machines, and appliances.

Magnet Muscles Grades Intermediate
Students will be able to recognize the strength of a magnet, what part of the magnet is the strongest, and what is a magnetic attraction.

Magnetism Grades Intermediate
This project provides students the opportunity to explore all aspects of magnets.

Magnets, Electromagnets & Fields of Force Grades Intermediate
Students will have the chance to experiment with various magnetic concepts.

Ohm's Law Grades Upper Elementary
From this lesson, students will become aware of Ohm's Law, the relationship between current, voltage, and resistance in a series circuit.

Put A Spark In It Grades 3-5
"Students begin learning about electricity with an introduction to the most basic unit in ordinary matter, the atom."

Red & Green Electricity Grades Various
An easy way to introduce basic electrical concepts.

Series and Parallel Circuits Grades Intermediate
Students will have a better understanding of these two circuit types.

Simple Circuitry and Series Circuit Grades 3-4
Students will be able to demonstrate and describe a series circuit.

Snacks about Electricity Grades Various
A variety of experiments and activities that can be done with simple materials.

Static Electricity - A Hair Raising Phenomenon Grades K-6
For years children at birthday parties have played with static electricity - whether they realized it or not. Bring this fun exercise to your classroom with the following simple experiment.

The Magnets in My House Grades Various
A basic printable worksheet that asks students to examine various items in their home.

Worksheets & Printables Grades Various
Find great worksheets, bulletin board ideas, and printables.

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Web Sites

Articles on Electricity
Teacher or student resource.

The Atoms Family
This site is designed for students in grades K-8. It provides an introduction to all areas of electricity, energy, and magnets.

Electronics (Circuitry) Theme Page
A collection of resources.

Energy Quest
Students learn about saving energy. You can also find great educational resources, puzzles, and more.

How Does a Magnet Work?
Great resource page.

How Force, Power, Torque and Energy Work
Great background knowledge.

Lightning Safety Quiz
Students can take this online quiz.

Lightning Theme Page
A collection of resources.

Magnet and Magnetism Facts
A great collection of questions and answers that contain basic facts.

Magnetism Theme Page
A collection of resources.

What is Static Electricity?
This site by Science Made Simple will provide you with a great deal of background knowledge.

Be sure to check out the web sites within the webquests below!

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All About Electricity : Do It Yourself Science Book (Berger, Melvin. Do-It-Yourself Science.)
by Melvin Berger

Always Inventing
by Tom L. Matthews

Awesome Experiments in Electricity & Magnetism
by Catherine Leary

Awesome Experiments in Light & Sound
by Catherine Leary

Discovery Box : The Battery
by Gallimard Jeunesse

Electric Gadgets and Gizmos
by Alan Bartholomew

Electricity (The Usborne Young Scientist Series)
by Philip Chapman

Electricity (Straightforward Science)
by Peter D. Riley

Electricity (Simply Science)
by Darlene R. Stille

Electricity and Magnetism (Usborne Understanding Science)
by Peter Adamczyk

Electricity and Magnetism Fundamentals : Funtastic Science Activities for Kids (Fundamentals (Philadelphia, Pa.).)
by Robert W. Wood

Electricity and Magnets (Hands on Science (Kingfisher).
by Sarah Angliss

Electricity (Make It Work!)
by Alexandra Parsons

Electronics Lab
by Brenda Bach

Energy and Power (Science and Experiments)
by R. Spurgeon

Eyewitness: Electricity
by Steve Parker

Janice Vancleave's Electricity - Mind-Boggling Experiments You Can Turn into Science Fair Projects
by Janice Pratt VanCleave

Janice VanCleave's Magnets: Mind-boggling Experiments You Can Turn Into Science Fair Projects
by Janice Pratt VanCleave

The Magic School Bus and the Electric Field Trip
by Joanna Cole

Science Fair Projects With Electricity & Electronics
by Robert L. Bonnet

Science With Batteries
by P. Shipton

Science With Magnets (Usborne Science Activities)
by Helen Edom

Shocking Science : Fun & Fascinating Electrical Experiments
by Shar Levine

Switch On, Switch Off (Let'S-Read-And-Find-Out Science Books)
by Melvin Berger

The Usborne Book of Batteries & Magnets (How to Make Series)
by Paula Borton

The Usborne Book of Batteries & Magnets/Book and Motorized Plane Kit (Usborne Kidkits)
by P. Borton, V. Cave

What Makes a Magnet? (Let'S-Read-And-Find-Out Science)
by True Kelley

What Was It Like Before Electricity (Read All About It)
by Paul Bennett

Where Does Electricity Come From? (Usborne Starting Point Science Series)
by Susan Mayes

Wonders of Energy
by David A. Adler

The following books are out-of-print, so check your local library!

Blinkers and Buzzers - Building and Experimenting With Electricity and Magnetism
by Bernie Zubrowski

Understanding Electricity (Science for Fun)
by Gary Gibson

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