SciGuides are a collection of thematically aligned lesson plans, simulations, and web-based resources for teachers to use with their students centered on standards-aligned science concepts.
People have known about and experienced electricity and magnetism for thousands of years. However, even accomplished ancient scientists viewed them as separate phenomena, as do novice learners today. It took experiments with electricity and magnetism about two hundred years ago to convince scientists that electricity and magnetism were intimately related. Reproduction of these same experiments can be highly effective in helping to move novice learners toward a more sophisticated understanding of electricity and magnetism. Only the most sophisticated learners can understand how electricity and magnetism are aspects of the same fundamental force, electromagnetic force.
Give your students many, rich experiences with electricity and magnetism. Don’t assume that, because they are surrounded by electrical and magnetic applications and sources, they have experimented with them.