Welcome to the second grade product swap and blog hop! EIGHTEEN wonderful second grade bloggers have joined together to swap and review each other's products. Best of all, we are giving away all of the products to one lucky winner!
If you are looking for the start of the hop, head over to see Casey at Second Grade Math Maniac to start hopping. As you check out all the fabulous products, make sure to follow each blog on Bloglovin' as well. There will be a Rafflecopter at the last stop. This is where you can enter to win all of the products being reviewed!
I was so fortunate to be paired with the amazing Nicole at Teaching with Style. Did you know the girl lives in Hawaii?! SO JEALOUS!!!
I tried out and reviewed her Mighty Magnets unit!
First off, this unit comes in both color and black and white. I found that super helpful because I printed the black and white version for student copies but showed the color version on my SMARTBoard!
Secondly, I really loved the versatility of this product! I use interactive notebooks in science, so I'm always cautious when I buy science units because many of them don't work for my teaching style. Nicole's unit has foldables and flapbooks included in addition to whole page worksheets, so you can customize and adapt it to fit your needs. This unit worked perfectly with my notebooks, but if you're not a notebooker (is that a word?), you can use it too!
Another aspect Nicole includes is a very detailed list of supplies you will need. I was lucky to have had most of what I needed already in my supply closet, but if you don't, she gives you a list of what you need and where you can find it. It will save you a ton of time!
OK, let's take a peek at what's inside!
We started with this magnets KWHL chart:
|I was surprised to see how much vocab background the bunnies already had :) And they had great ideas for how they could learn more about magnets! Thankfully, Nicole's unit had me covered!|
Our first experiment we conducted was the Magnetic/Nonmagnetic experiment...
|And I learned something too... apparently true brass isn't attracted to magnets! So that brass fastener is a FAKE! LOL!|
We used this experiment to discover that...
|So cute!!! Don't you love how she turned the horse shoe magnets into letters?|
Next we learned about magnetic poles. We used Nicole's Scientific Method flap book to collect and analyze data, but if you don't use notebooks, she also includes lined paper for each step you can use to make a packet.
|Writing our questions...|
|Testing whether poles attract or repel using bar magnets.|
|I ran out of bar magnets so we used these giant horse shoe magnets too!|
|After the experiment, we used this page to recap what we learned.|
Here's an example of one student's notebook pages:
|I had my students color the poles so they could visually see that opposite poles attract and same poles repel.|
There's another experiment in this pack where you test the strength of magnetic fields. Students try to see if magnets work through water, paper, glass, and more! I managed to sneak this video of a bunny testing whether the magnet can attract the paperclip through the top of his desk:
And here's where the pics end because I forgot to bring my phone to school on Friday! Have you ever done that??? I felt like I left one of my legs at home LOL! But this unit also includes super awesome vocabulary cards and a vocab journal. There are some more experiments that we haven't gotten to yet, including testing the strength of a magnet and the Earth's magnetic field. Unfortunately, I couldn't do it all because my magnet unit also has an electricity component, and while I could spend the next three weeks learning about magnets and conducting experiments, my curriculum won't have it!
Lastly, Nicole included several reading and writing activities to bring in all subject areas. My higher kids (third grade reading level and above) were able to complete them on their own, and my on-level kids could complete them with a partner. I thought the reading passages and comprehension questions were very rigorous and thought-provoking. I put them into one of my reading stations for the week.
Wowsers! That was a long post. So to wrap it all up.... should you buy this? YES!!! This unit has EVERYTHING you need for your students to discover and understand magnets! It is so comprehensive and thorough, but what I liked most was its versatility. You can check it out in Nicole's store HERE, or continue through the blog hop and cross your fingers and toes that you will win the giveaway at the end of the hop :)
Next up... the sweet Ashley at Schroeder Shenanigans in 2nd. Click on the button to head over to her blog :)