3rd Grade Magnetism and Electricity Unit

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Unit Overview
The Unit Overview contains a summary description of the unit and individual lessons. It features essential/unit questions that align with the unit benchmarks.

Unit Blueprint

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Activity 1: The Floating Paper Clip
Activity 2: What Does a Magnet Attract
Activity 3: Can the Force Go Through It?
Activity 4: How Strong Is the Force?
Activity 5: Magnetic Fields
Activity 6: Investigating Magnetic Poles
Assessment Activity Sheet
Lesson 1: Thinking About Electricity and Its Properties
Lesson 2: What Electricity Can Do For You
Lesson 3: A Closer Look at Circuits
Lesson 4: What Is Inside a Lightbulb?
Lesson 5: Building a Circuit
Lesson 6: What's Wrong With the Circuit?
Lesson 7: Conductors & Insulators
Lesson 8: Making a Filament
Lesson 9 (Skip)
Lesson 10 (Skip)
Lesson 11 (Skip)
Lesson 12: Learning About Switches
Lesson 13: Constructing a Flashlight

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Unit Benchmarks
The Unit Benchmarks provides a list of benchmarks (learning goals) for the unit. Project 2061 by the American Association for the Advancement of Sciences was used for selecting enduring, developmentally appropriate benchmarks. The benchmarks are organized by chapters from Benchmarks for Science Literacy.
Research on Student Misconceptions
Research on Student Misconceptions contains research about common student misconceptions related to the unit of study. Research from the Research Base (Chapter 15) of Benchmarks for Science Literacy is primarily used. Additional research is used to supplement areas not addressed by Project 2061.

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