Though every kindergarten student may know that magnets can be used to hold school artwork on the fridge, they may not know the many other uses for magnets there are. In the Magnets module students will learn about tiny and huge magnets that are used every day.
Students will also learn to predict which objects a magnet will attract and test those predictions through interactive activities. The Silly Bulls game allows students to practice with the vocabulary they are learning so that they can use scientific terms to describe their explorations with magnets.
This Elaborate session promotes the use of formal definitions and explanations in a format not traditionally used in science instruction. In this session, students view an animated literature piece and use their digital Notebook to record their ideas. Students also participate in a teacher-led discussion that emphasizes the science content in the story. To complete the session, students participate in offline activities that reinforce the connection between science, literature, and the arts.
This Elaborate session allows students to apply what they have learned to new situations. In this session, students participate in a selection of activities that focus on science process skills and content understanding. To complete the session, students work independently, or with peers, to complete an offline activity that reinforces science process skills.
Magnets of all shapes, sizes and strength are used every day – holding up art projects on the fridge, sorting debris in landfills, and keeping high fashion jewelry fastened. In this module students explore the characteristics of magnets and the different materials they attract.
Magnets come in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be used to move objects made of iron.
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The online evaluation uses photographs and written and spoken words to evaluate how well students have understood the information in the module.
Teachers have access to professional development in the form of Teacher Lessons and printable Teacher Guides, both of which can be used before, during and after the lesson. Teacher Guides include hands-on activities, discussion questions and more to help further enhance student understanding.
Teacher Lessons are specific to each module and include an array of information that help you take the knowledge beyond the science lesson. These can be used to review content background, common student misconceptions, vocabulary extensions and more. For example, when it comes to Magnets, there are a number of misconceptions, one being that all metal objects are attracted by magnets, when in fact many metal objects are not attracted to magnets such as coins, aluminum foil, aluminum cans, and copper wire.