To increase understanding of relationship between electricity and magnetism by creating a magnetic field. To make an electromagnet and explain how and why  it works.

Created by:  JoAnne Towles
Diocese of Orange 

URL: https://www.can-do.com/uci-webquests/1999-webquests

Resources Needed: 

Warm-up activity Bar magnet Plastic bag (facilitates clean-up), Lead filings. Paper (8x11)
Teacher Spool of wire,Scissors,Paper clips, Battery (size may vary)
Student  Length of wire (about 15 cm), D cell battery,Nail (about 8 cm)

Your Task 

Warm-up Activity

Teacher Activity

Children must use eyes and ears only! 


Student Activity

A Few Web Resources:

A Few Internet Resources:

Email: jmtowles@hotmail.com

Created August 21, 1999
Last Revised August 9, 2000

Teacher Notes

Suggested Grade Level:Intermediate grades  4-5-6

California Science Content Standards:

Physical Sciences: number 1 a-b-c-d-e-
Investigation and Experimentation number 6 a-b-c-d-e-f 

S.C.O.R.E. Lessons Standards Search by Grade and Subject
S.C.O.R.E.  Standards and Framework
California Content Standards Grades K-12
California Content Standards Grades K-12 - Science -PDF Format


 What do the students need to know prior to beginning WebQuest? 

 Source-Teacher Edition-Science in Your World-Grade 4 -MACMILLAN/McGRAW-HILL page 260  (1991)


Science --- Interpreting Data, Making Inferences, Making Comparisons, Forming Hypothesis,

Making Predictions, Graphing, Drawing Conclusions

Connections with  Language Arts---Listening Skills, Comprehension, Following Directions,Drawing conclusions.

Connections with Math --- Counting,Comparison (greater-less), Fractions.

Computer literacy  and fluency

Effective use of Internet resources


Presentations -PowerPoint or Hyperstudio, Student created web page, worksheet, peer evaluation, rubric

Quiz:Complete the following sentences:

1.An electric current flowing through a  coil of wire produces a(N)_____________________.

2.An electromagnet is  an example of a _________________.

3.Acoil of wire moving through a magnetic field produces a(n) ____________________.

4.Electromagnets are used in many household appliances that have ______________________.


 1.How  does an electromagnet  work?

2.How are electromagnets  useful  to us?



Presentations -PowerPoint or Hyperstudio, Student created web page.
Follow-up  Activity (Suggested  for next  day)
All these activities -Quiz, Homework, and Follow-up are taken  with  much gratitude from the TEACHER EDITION SCIENCE IN YOUR  WORLD-GRADE 4  MACMILLAN/McGRAW-HILL (1991 edition)
Quiz-Independent Practice-#188  (#21-22-24-25)
Homework-page 265 Lesson Review (#1 and #3
Follow-up Activity -page 266 (all)