# ALEX Lesson Plan

## A Train That Floats!

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 Author: Marcus Jackson System: Chickasaw City School: Chickasaw City Elementary School The event this resource created for: ASTA
General Lesson Information
 Lesson Plan ID: 34793 Title: A Train That Floats! Overview/Annotation: The students will work together to design a magnetic system that can float from one point to another. The students will design a graphic organizer showing the sequence and steps needed to design a Maglev Train system by applying a scientific understanding of the forces between interacting magnets.This lesson results from a collaboration between the Alabama State Department of Education and ASTA.
Associated Standards and Objectives
Content Standard(s):
 Science SC2015 (2015) Grade: 3 4 ) Apply scientific ideas about magnets to solve a problem through an engineering design project (e.g., constructing a latch to keep a door shut, creating a device to keep two moving objects from touching each other such as a maglev system).* NAEP Framework NAEP Statement:: P4.5: Magnets can repel or attract other magnets. They can also attract certain nonmagnetic objects at a distance. Unpacked Content Scientific And Engineering Practices:Constructing Explanations and Designing SolutionsDisciplinary Core Idea: Motion and Stability: Forces and InteractionsEvidence Of Student Attainment:Students: Identify and describe a simple design problem that can be solved by applying a scientific understanding of the forces between interacting magnets. Identify and describe the scientific ideas necessary for solving the problem. Identify and describe the criteria for a successful solution to the problem. Identify and describe the constraints (limits) for solving the problem.Teacher Vocabulary:Magnet Properties Engineering Design Process (Ask, Imagine, Plan, Create, Improve) Attract Repel ForcesKnowledge:Students know: Magnetic forces between a pair of objects do not require that the objects be in contact with each other. The sizes of the forces in a magnetic situation depend on the properties of the objects, the distances apart, and their orientation relative to each other.Skills:Students are able to: Define a problem that can be solved with magnets. Apply scientific ideas about magnets. Solve a problem with scientific ideas about magnets through an engineering design project.Understanding:Students understand that: Scientific discoveries about the natural world, such as magnets, can often lead to new and improved technologies, which are developed through the engineering design process.AMSTI Resources:AMSTI Module: Forces and Investigations Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards AAS Standard: SCI.AAS.3.4- Apply scientific ideas about magnets to solve a problem. (e.g., using a magnet to pick up an object, using a magnet to push or pull an object)

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Primary Learning Objective(s):

The students will:

• identify and describe a simple design problem that can be solved by applying a scientific understanding of the forces between interacting magnets.
• make a cartoon strip/graphic organizer showing the sequence of events for making a Maglev Train System.
• construct a working model of a Maglev Train.