MAGNETISM AND ELECTRICITY
The Magnetism and Electricity Module consists
of five sequential investigations, each designed to introduce
or reinforce concepts in physical science. The investigations
provide opportunities for students to explore the natural
and human-made worlds by observing and manipulating materials
in focused settings using simple tools.
FOSS EXPECTS STUDENTS TO
- Observe the interaction of permanent magnets with a variety
of common materials.
- Discover that magnets display forces of attraction and
- Measure the change in force between two magnets as the
distance between them changes.
- Identify materials that are conductors and insulators.
- Understand and construct simple open, closed, parallel,
and series circuits.
- Learn how to make an electromagnet.
- Experience the relationship between the number of turns
of wire around an electromagnet core and the strength of
- Use their knowledge of electromagnets to make a telegraph.
- Acquire vocabulary associated with magnetism and electricity.
- Exercise language, math, and social studies skills in
the context of magnetism and electricity investigations.
- Develop and refine the manipulative skills required for
making investigations in magnetism and electricity.
- Use scientific thinking processes to conduct investigations
and build explanations: observing, communicating, comparing,