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Magnetic Mapping
Examples of Student Work
Contributed by: Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO)

Summary Table:


Magnet with explanation (Q1) (explanation may be very basic and/or based on observations).


Properties of magnet:
Magnet with explanation (Q1) (explanation must go beyond the observations from the experiment and attempt to explain why the magnet affects the compass)


Arrows drawn in the direction of the magnet or it is explained that only the closest ones will. (Q2)


Explanations include information about how magnets are attracted to each other or some metal objects are attracted to a magnet. (Patterns of attraction or repulsion - and variability in tendency to attract.)


Here are examples for each score point ranging from 0 up to 4.

Event Score = 0

Please answer the following questions by yourself

  1. Based on the results of your experiment, do either the penny or the magnet seem to be causing your compass to work incorrectly? Explain your answer.

  1. Look at the map drawn below. Which way will the compass point if it is placed at each of the circles, numbered 1 through 5? Draw arrows on the map to show your predictions.
    Explain why you made these predictions and drew the arrows where you did on the map above.

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