Grade 3 Magnetism and Electricity - Next Gen Science Unit


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In Unit 7 Magnetism and Electricity, students use lightning and the world’s strongest magnet to explore electric and magnetic forces.

  • Students build and test electroscopes to observe how materials with high and low static charge exert different electric forces.
  • Students use iron filings to visualize the magnetic field interactions of permanent magnets and then test magnets of different sizes.
  • Students use a variety of materials to engineer a device that can pick up and place metal paper clips for a metal factory.

Grade-specific standards: 3-PS2-3, 3-PS2-4, 3-5-ETS1-1, 3-5-ETS1-2, 3-5-ETS1-3

Supporting standards: 5-PS1-1, 5-PS1-3 

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