Give your students a well-rounded introduction to magnetism with these two activities, which explore geomagnetism and electromagnetism. The printable handouts include experiment directions and a worksheet for students to complete.
Create a Compass Using a Popsicle stick, small bar magnets, and a thumb tack, students create a simple compass. Along with helping them understand how magnetism is the force that "powers" a compass, this activity also gives them the chance to test the magnetism of common objects.
Make a Magnet Creating an electromagnet is a great way for students to learn that electricity and magnetism are related. In this activity, they use a D-cell battery and wire to turn an ordinary nail into magnet, and they experiment with ways to increase their electromagnet's power.