2 What 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
3 What 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
4 What 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.
5 What 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.
6 But 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…
7 What 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.