Don't Touch It!

The writer recommends this lesson for Kindergarten and Grade 1, but it is appropriate for second graders learning how magnets can move objects without touching them. The hands-on activity is sure to engage students and stimulate science conversation among students. After students complete the activity described in the lesson plan, they will be ready to devise some simple experiments of their own to explore how else magnets can move an object without touching the object.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0007.INQ.2
Ask questions, make logical predictions, plan investigations, and represent data.
GLE 0207.12.1
Experiment with magnets to determine that objects can move without being touched.
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Learning objectives: 


Students will apply knowledge of which materials magnets attract and what materials magnets can work through.

Lesson Variations

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Helpful Hints


For each pair of students:

  • 1 plastic cup filled half way with water
  • 1 paperclip
  • 1 wand magnet
  • 2 data sheets