In honor of the month of love and attraction, I decided to choose Learning Resources Primary Science Magnet Set to review this month. And what a set it is! There are 14 pieces to play with, which students would love to explore all on their own before you even introduced the unit!
Then, it also comes with 10 cards, which are already laminated and sturdy for student use year after year. The cards are 2-sided and in color. One side lists the materials they will need with the pictures (love that), and the other is a step-by-step direction of how to do the activity.
The last questions on the cards involve some higher order thinking skills and additional activity suggestions with the materials. Some of the cards even have some “Did you know?” trivia facts about magnets on them as well.
Here is one of the activities that involved mysterious floating magnets, which would be an awesome discussion for poles, attraction, and repelling.
You can create different patterns to encourage the scientific method too by having students hypothesize, test, and document the results in a science journal!
Another activity includes little plastic cars, which have clips on the side to clip the bar magnets right into the plastic car mold. From there, the cars can come together bumper to bumper, but if like poles are nearby, one car spins out! I can see some boys (and girls, of course too) who would L-O-V-E to play learn with these manipulatives!
Additional activities include exploring pendulums, magnetic force through objects, magnetic force aligning with the north and south poles, magnetic strength, types of things magnets do and do not attract, the push and pull of magnetic strength as distance from objects increases/decreases, and more! The Key Science Concepts are printed right on the front of the cards for ease of finding those standards you are documenting!
They are so awesome and are also giving one set away to a lucky reader of The Organized Classroom Blog! Make sure to enter below!
Good luck from Learning Resources and The Organized Classroom Blog!
Winner: Jennifer R. – notified via email