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Magnets: Distance of Attraction PDF

We will see how big the magnetic field is around that magnet by how long it can hold on to the paperclip.

  • Subjects
  • Science
  • Duration
  • 30-60 minutes
  • Compatible Robots
  • Unplugged
  • Group Size
  • Large Groups (5-10)
  • Experience Level
  • Grades 3-5
  • Things You'll Need
  • String
  • Paperclip
  • Tape
  • Ruler
  • Magnet

With this experiment, you will measure the greatest distance of attraction of a magnet. We can see how strong a magnetic field is and gather data about how it changes depending on the magnet type.

Educational Standards

CCSS ELA K-8 Reading

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.R.7

Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.

RI.3.7

Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Next Generation Science Standards

3-PS2-3

Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.

3-PS2-4

Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets.*

CCSS Math K-8 Standards

CCSS.MATH.CONTENT.3.MD.B.4

Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show the data by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate units— whole numbers, halves, or quarters.

CCSS ELA K-8 Writing

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.CCRA.W.1

Write arguments to support claims in an analysis of substantive topics or texts using valid reasoning and relevant and sufficient evidence. 

W.3.1

Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.