Printable Magnet Unit Book

Here is a printable magnet unit book for you to explore magnets with your elementary aged kids.  The activities and experiments within it are simple, but help to provide a basic understanding of how magnets work and some real-world applications as well.exploring_magnets_book

Magnets are fascinating.  They can occur naturally or can be man-made.  If the atoms in a substance line up in a row then current can flow and one end of, say, a steel bar will be positive and the other will be negative.  This is a magnet.  The fascinating part is in the function more than the form.  Magnets can do everything from levitate a train to guide our ships.  They are used in a handheld compass and to hold our refrigerator doors closed.

Testing different materials for magnetic properties.
Testing different materials for magnetic properties.

To complete the book you will need some bar magnets, ring magnets, paper clips, string, a needle or straight pin and some household stuff.

Harrison is making a paper clip hover in mid air with a magnet.
Harrison is making a paper clip hover in mid air with a magnet.

The book includes some of the magnet projects and experiments from some of our previous posts on magnetism and also some new activity ideas and information. Pick and choose what you want to do, or go straight through and do it all. Have fun!

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