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Reading and Magnets

This week, as part of our third Wonders Language Arts unit, the second grade students were attempting to find answers to the essential question, "How do the earth's forces affect us?" The selection of expository text read this week, "Magnets Work!" led to an exploration of magnetic forces. Activities such as using magnet trains to test magnet poles, paper clip chains, "thinking" magnetic putty, and using magnetic forces to power a toy car gave students a chance to experience the text concepts in a hands-on environment.