Exploring Magnetism Lesson Series

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General Information

Subject(s): Science
Grade Level(s): 9, 10, 11, 12
Intended Audience: Educators educators
Suggested Technology: Computer for Presenter, LCD Projector, Adobe Acrobat Reader
Instructional Time: 1 Hour(s)
Resource supports reading in content area:Yes
Freely Available: Yes
Keywords: magnetism, magnetic field, Van Allen belts, electricity, electromagnetism, solar flares, plasma, magnetic poles, sunspots, energy, potential energy, kinetic energy, aurora, Lenz’s law

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Lesson Plan


Students investigate magnetism and which materials are attracted by magnets. Students describe the behavior of atoms in a magnet and explain why specific materials are or are not attracted to a magnet. The discussion questions explore several domains of science and relate them to magnetism.

Type: Lesson Plan


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Type: Video/Audio/Animation