To prepare for our day of learning I created exploratory buckets for each of my table groups based on Ari's recording log. I also added in a few extras that I thought my friends would enjoy - paper clips, crayon, rubber bands, paperclips, bingo counters, pencils, straws, marbles. Focusing on a discovery model of learning, we started with the hands-on experience and then, spent time learning the vocabulary/content behind our experience.
Before exploring, each student recorded their predictions - what materials will did we thing would be attracted to the magnet?
Then, it was time to explore. Students worked in their table groups (4-5 friends) to determine which materials were attracted to the magnets. I gave each table group 2-3 magnets from the magnet kits our school purchased from Learning Resources.
Magnets Push, Magnets Pull. It's a fabulous nonfiction book written so 1st grade friends can read/understand it, but still includes spot-on content vocabulary.
Reading A-Z: Power of Magnets. We read the book together on the SMART Board highlighting vocabulary words, making lists of everyday things that have magnets inside of them, and then, learned about magnet safety.
Annie and Moby taught us about the two forces in the world - pushes and pulls. We love the humor of Moby, and taking the 'HARD' quiz is always very exciting! ;)
After our afternoon of learning, we brainstormed what we had learned and important vocabulary we heard throughout the day. Our 'Brain Spills' are a perfect time to clear-up misconceptions and review our learning.
Then, students wrote paragraphs about their learning. Some students chose to write opinion paragraphs (why magnets are interesting) and some chose to write inform/explain paragraphs. Reading each student's response, I was *really* impressed and reminded how much my students love science.