Magnetism and Electricity
Age 8-10: Concept 2 - Force and Power: Unit 1

Explore magnetic force and observe ways that magnets and electricity are used in daily life. Create your own circuit and experiment with a variety of materials to determine whether they are insulators or conductors. Recognize the correlation between magnets and electricity.

This unit can be used independently but is designed to be taught in conjunction with the literature unit for Ben and Me.


  • Able to read and comprehend chapter books at a 4th or 5th grade reading level
  • Able to write an organized paragraph
  • Usually used by children in fourth grade

Table of Contents

  • Lesson 1: The Power of Magnets
  • Lesson 2: Experimenting with Magnets
  • Lesson 3: Magnetic Fields
  • Lesson 4: Magnet Action
  • Lesson 5: Magnetism on Earth
  • Lesson 6: Exploring Electricity
  • Lesson 7: Conductors and Circuits
  • Lesson 8: Motors and Batteries (2 Days)
  • Lesson 9: Products of Electricity (2 Days)
  • Lesson 10: Sources of Electricity
  • Final Project: Magnetism and Electricity

Summary of Skills

Moving Beyond the Page is based on state and national standards. These standards are covered in this unit.
  • Collect information by observing and measuring. (Science)
  • Describe and demonstrate how magnetism can be used to generate electricity. (Science)
  • Describe and explain the parts of a light bulb. (Science)
  • Describe and identify materials that are conductors and nonconductors of electricity. (Science)
  • Explain and observe how electricity can be used to generate magnetism. (Science)
  • Explain how magnetism is related to electricity. (Science)
  • Identify and experiment with changes in electric currents. (Science)
  • Identify how an electrical current is created. (Science)
  • Identify magnetic and nonmagnetic materials. (Science)
  • Identify products that require magnets in order to function. (Science)
  • Identify the variety of ways electricity can be produced. (Science)
  • Investigate the pull of magnets on materials made of iron and the pushes or pulls on other magnets. (Science)
  • Observe and investigate characteristics of parallel and series circuits. (Science)
  • Observe and investigate the ability of electric circuits to produce light, heat, sound, and magnetic effects. (Science)
  • Observe and investigate the pull of magnets on materials made of iron and the pushes or pulls on other magnets. (Science)
  • Plan and implement investigations. (Science)
  • Recognize an electric circuit as a closed pathway including an energy source, energy conductor, and an energy receiver. (Science)
  • Recognize lightning as an electrical discharge. (Science)
  • Show proper safety behavior when lightning occurs. (Science)
  • Understand the magnetic field that surrounds magnets. (Science)
  • Understand the properties of magnets and magnetic materials. (Science)
  • Use models to represent the natural world. (Science)
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