2What are we going to learn today? What the characteristics of magnets areThat magnets can repel and attract each otherHow magnets behaveWhat happens when you put two magnets together
3What are the characteristics of magnets? They can attract some materialsThey can also repel other magnetsThey are usually made of ironThey have two ends called magnetic poles
4What do all these new words actually mean? MagnetA stone or a piece of metal that attracts some other metal.AttractTo pull towards each other.RepelTo push away from each other.PolesThe ends of a magnet.
5What do the poles do? When a magnet is held from a string: The north pole points northThe south pole points… can you guess?How do we know this?We can measure it with a compass!On school magnets, the RED pole is the north pole and the BLUE pole is the south.
6But what happens if you put two magnets together? Talk to your partner- what do you think?So let’s try it.First of all, north to south…south to north…north to north…south to south…
7What did we find out?So now we know that “like” poles repel each other…and that “opposite” poles attract each other.They do this because there is a FORCE between them.