We continued our study of magnetism in science and are slowly transitioning to electricity and static charges. That will be next week's focus. Each day that week the students will have at least one hands-on activity that will teach and/or reinforce the content.
Here is today's warm-up with the text-to-speech narration:
Then, we did the activity involving the Earth's magnetic field. Basically, we proved that a magnetized piece of metal will always try to align itself with the Earth's magnetic poles. What we did was take a needle that was inserted through a 1/2" thick piece of craft foam and rub it vigorously against a magnet. When the needle was sufficiently magnetized, it was placed in a cup of water. While floating, it eventually aligned north and south.
The weekly parent email went out today. As always, I keep it archived here.
I sent home the Bring Your Own Technology information and form. Please fill it out and have your child return it as soon as possible.
Lastly, I am again featured in My School Rocks in the Ask Dr. STEM column. Your child was given the new issue. I would encourage you to have him/her go online with your assistance and submit a question. Who knows, I might be the one who answers it.