Thursday, June 21, 2012

Do you do magnetism and electricity???

This is my FAVORITE FOSS unit.. My students and I love to create and build circuits that work and challenge us to think of different ways to build.  Today I am going to link you back to the new interactive games as well as the old ones still on-line.

Build an Electromagnet   With this activity, much like the Evaporation one, you will have several variables to manipulate...wire gauge, wire material, number of winds and level of power.  Your challenge is to pick up as many filings as you can. This is a great activity for whole group and individual practice.  Keep in mind, you can (if your population has computers) even assign this for homework!  It is FREE!

This activity is great for the smart board. It include critical competitors - items that look the same, but are made of different materials.  You get to connect the objects to the circuit and see if they are conductors of electricity or not. 

There are so many more...including D-Cell orientation, Lighting a bulb, and turning on the switch...a total of 9 interactive simulations in all.  If you want to explore more...then I suggest you go to the website and play. 

Have fun!


  1. These look fantastic!! We teach this in 4th grade in Texas and these online interactives would be a perfect review. Do you need to register to play them? And if you don't use FOSS at your campus can you still register?? Thanks for the info!!


  2. No, you do not need to use FOSS to use these resources. They are always free to the public. You may sign in as a visitor or you can register.


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