Lesson Plan


In this lesson, students will investigate the properties of magnets and what makes them stick. They will find items in the school that stick to magnets, and will create posters to inform others about magnetism.
Anna P.
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My Grades 4
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies

Students will be able to...

Understand the properties of permanent magnets.

Determine what makes a magnet stick.

Explore the force of magentism through different materials. 

Grades 4
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1 Hook

Activity: Exploring

Start with a small circle magnet in a bag. Have a volunteer reach into the bag without looking and describe what he/she is feeling. The volunteer will give 1 clue and ask for guesses. Then the volunteer will give two more clues and students will discuss with people around them about what it could be. The volunteer will continue to give clues until someone guesses the right answer. Take the magnet out and show it to the students. 

Give each student a magnet along with the task of finding out what it can do. Give students 5 minutes to explore at their tables. The class will discuss interesting observations the students made. 

2 Direct Instruction

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Now give students a bag of objects and the task of separating them into two groups. One group will be objects they predict will stick to a magnet, the other will be objects they predict will not stick to a magnet. 

They will record their predictions on the pdf of "magnetic notes" that has been emailed to them. Students can open the pdf in Evonote and then they are able to open it in Skitch to write on it. After they have separated them into two groups and recorded their predictions, they will test the materials. As they test them, they will record if their predictions were correct or not. 

The class will come together and discuss their observations. The teacher will ask what do all of the objects have in common that made them stick? After a discussion about what they may all have, the teacher will explain that all of the materials that stuck to a magnet contained iron. Students will research online what iron is and why it is magnetic. Students will discuss in groups what they found. 

3 Guided Practice

Now that students know what makes magnets stick, students will go out into the hallway to find a few things that will stick to a magnet. They will take pictures using their camera on their iPads and put them into a collage in the app Pic Collage. They will follow the directions found on Schoology and upload their collages to Magnetism Collages in Schoology.

The directions are also listed below: 

Directions for Magnetism Collage:

Find FIVE different objects that will stick to your magnet.

Take a picture of each of the objects with the magnet sticking to them.

Go into the Pic Collage App and press the plus button to create a new collage.

Click on “Add Photos”

Click on “Camera Roll”

Choose the five pictures of magnets sticking to objects.

Display the five pictures in a creative way, but allowing all objects to be seen. You can make the pictures bigger or smaller by stretching or shrinking them.

When you are finished, click the share arrow and press “save to library.”

After you have saved your collage, go into Schoology.

Click into the Science Course/Magnetism and Electricity Folder/Magnets Folder/Magnetism Collages.

Upload your collage by pressing the plus button and adding the picture from your camera roll.

Take a minute and look at the other collages. Did you find any similar objects? Any different ones?


4 Independent Practice

Activity: Creating

Students will create a Did you Know? poster about a magnet sticking to that particular material to be displayed to share their knowledge with the rest of the school. This poster will be used as an assessment of their knowledge of what makes magents stick to materials. They will access the directions on schoology. The directions are also listed below.

Directions for Magnetism Poster:

With a partner, pick one of the objects you found in the school that sticks to a magnet.

Email the picture you took of the object to the teacher. The teacher will print the picture for you to put on your poster.

Create a title of “Did you know a magnet sticks to name your object?

Write a short summary that includes:

Why it sticks to that particular material.
Why it doesn’t stick to other objects around it.
What makes iron stick to magnets.


You will be assessed on the following:


4-The poster is neat, easy to read, and it is evident you took your time on it.

3-The poster is neat and easy to read, but you could have taken a little more time on it.

2-The poster is either not very neat, or not easy to read, you could have taken more time on it.

1-The poster is not neat or easy to read. You needed to take more time on it.


4-The poster includes exra material is is creative in style.

3-The poster is creative in style.

2-The poster is not very creative in style.

1-The poster does not have any creative aspects.


4-The summary includes all important aspects and goes into depth about each.

3-The summary includes all important aspects.

2-The summary includes most important aspects.

1-The summary is missing most of the important aspects.

5 Wrap-Up

Activity: Presenting

Before the posters are displayed around the school, students will present their posters to the class. They will explain what their object and give their summary. ***Most summaries should be the same or similar, so instead of listening for new information, students should be listening for consistency among group summaries.