In early elementary, students start to learn about magnetism. We help your kids practice what they are learning about magnetism with a series of free worksheets, available in our grade 3 science section. First, let’s review.
What are magnets?
Magnets are made of iron or a material that has lots of iron in it, such as steel. Magnets have two poles: a north pole and a south pole. There’s a magnetic field around magnets. The magnetic field is represented by field lines that start at the magnet’s north pole and end at the south pole.
How do magnets work?
If you put the pole of one magnet near the pole of another magnet, one of two things will happen:
If the poles are opposite, the two poles will attract and click together. The magnetic field lines go straight from the north pole of the first magnet to the south pole of the second magnet, and you feel the attractive force between the two magnets.
If the poles are the same, the two poles will push away from one another. The magnet field lines between the two magnets move away from each other, and you feel a repelling force between the two magnets.
A further point of explanation: when people talk about magnetism, they think about the magnetic force between two magnets.
In these worksheets, students will explore magnetic materials and the polarity of magnets.