Magnets and Static Electricty

We continue to explore forces.  Recently, we have been working closely with magnets and learning about static electricity.

Here are some questions to think about before watching the video below:

MAGNETS & STATIC ELECTRICITY DEFINITION Forces can be applied at a distance through magnetism and static electricity. A magnet is an object that can attract some metals like iron. Static electricity can also attract objects without touching them, but it works a bit differently. It can attract and repel due to electrical charges.

***Watch the video below from Generation Genius to learn more. Then complete the worksheet provided. You can pause the video to write down your answers. After all of this is complete you can check out the other resources below.

Magnets and Static Electricity

After the video you will understand the following concepts:

  • Forces can be applied at a distance through magnetism and static electricity.
  • The closer magnets are, the stronger the force.
  • Magnets can push or pull other magnets, depending on the poles.
  • Electromagnets can be turned on and off with electricity.
  • Static electricity can push or pull things without touching them

Here are some other resources to read or watch about magnets. Also, I know many of you enjoyed watching the nine experiments with static electricity, I included that video too. Enjoy and have fun!

Trueflix Magnets


DK Magnets– Click on the quiz


Did you know that magnets have a force of their own? Much like the pushing and pulling we have been talking about, magnets make things move. Watch the Brainpop Jr. Video below and continue to think about magnetism as a force.

Magnets on Brainpop Jr. video

  • You can post your thoughts on the padlet link below.
  • Please include your first name, so we know who wrote each response.
  • Elaborate and provide evidence from the video (text) to support your answers.
  • As always, please look at your spelling and punctuation before completing your post.

Padlet on Magnets


We have been learning about balanced versus unbalanced forces. Today we learned about friction. We learned through our investigations that friction is a force that affects the motion of objects.

Click on the video link below from BrainPop to learn more about forces. When you finish, click on the padlet and write something you learned from the video. Please put your initials and use correct spelling and punctuation.


Padlet on Forces

Balanced and Unbalanced Forces

We have been learning about balanced and unbalanced forces in science. Click on the link below to watch a video to learn more about this topic. Some questions to think about are:

  • What is a force?
  • Is a student sitting on a chair an example of a balanced force or an unbalanced force?
  • If you drop a ball is at rest or in motion?
  • What needs to happen in a game of tug of war for the forces to be balanced?


Balanced and Unbalanced Forces

After this activity, you will have some reading materials and questions to think about. Enjoy!