# This lesson is on the North and South Poles of a Magnet

Subject:

Science

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Title – North and south poles on magnets
By – Scott Dan
Subject – Science
Grade Level – 1st – 2nd
Magnets: “North and South Poles”
Materials:
1. 36 doughnut shaped magnets
2. 36 red and 36 blue dot stickers
3. 12 new pencils
4. 100 Ã‚Â¾” magnetic buttons
5. 12 magnetic wands
6. 40 magnet balls
Preparation:
1. Apply the red and blue dots to the 36 doughnut shaped magnets, making sure that all the south poles are one color and the north another
Procedure:
1. Group the children into 4’s.
2. Provide each group of children with one pencil and 4 doughnut shaped magnets
3. Ask the children to place the magnets on the pencil in such a way that the magnets are not touching each other, they are not touching the magnets and nothing else is touching the magnets (besides the pencil). Ask them to raise their hands when their group has finished. When a group has finished, ask that group some questions.
a.) Why does this happen?
b.) Will it happen off the pencil?
4. Allow for as much time as needed until every group is done (up to 10-15 minutes, then stop regardless).
5. Ask the groups to share what they have learned.
6. How did your group arrange the magnets so that they would repel away from each other. You can refer to the colored dots on the magnet if it is helpful.
7. Explain that sometimes magnets attract, or come together and sometimes they repel, or push apart. What are your magnets doing now? What are they doing when you place them onto another magnetic metal?