Magnetic Bookmarks and More!

Lesson #6282

Students will create their own magnetic bookmarks and decorative magnets.

Grade Level:

Investigate the many uses for magnets and how they interact with different materials. Bring various types of magnets to share with the class and invite students to bring examples as well. Create fun magnet bookmarks and enjoy during storytelling or silent reading time. Celebrate special events and holidays with magnets for family and friends.

Brainstorm different forms of energy with the class. Challenge students to use newspapers, magazines or photographs to find different forms of energy that are useful in everyday life.

Explore magnetic energy and identify how magnets are used in everyday life.

13686-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Iguana - Large 13817-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Leprechaun - Large 14144-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Palm Tree #1 - Large 14263-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Picture Frame, Oval - Large 14559-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - School Bus Back - Large 15188-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - USA - Large 18406-LG-Ellison SureCut Die - Ice Cream Cone #2 - Large A10346-Ellison AllStar Die - School Bus #2 A10970-Sizzix Bigz Die - Hut & Palm Tree

Supplies Used: Cardstock, Double-Sided Tape, Glue, Scissors, Self-Adhesive Magnets, Stickers

The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.

  1. Fold a beige or white piece of cardstock or construction paper in half lengthwise. The paper needs to be twice as long as the die.
  2. Using any die, place the folded paper just inside the top cutting edge and cut. This will form a hinge (Figure A).
  3. Die-cut using multiple colors of cardstock, construction or patterned paper.
  4. Decorate and layer one or both sides of the die-cut using glue or double-sided tape. To layer, leave one color whole and cut highlights from other colors. Add stickers if desired (Figure B).
  5. Cut self-adhesive magnets (or any magnet) into two 1" x 2" rectangles.
  6. Open the decorated shape and adhere a magnet strip to the inside of one figure. Adhere with glue or double-sided tape if not using self-adhesive magnet.
  7. If using self-adhesive magnets, stick the two magnet strips together. Unpeel one backing paper and adhere to opened shape (Figure C).
  8. Place the second magnetic strip on top of the first magnet and place double-sided tape on top if not using self-adhesive magnets. Fold the shape closed to adhere the second magnet.
  9. If using self-adhesive magnets, unpeel the backing of the second magnet and fold the shape closed (Figure D).
  10. This will ensure the magnets are aligned (Figure E and Main Photos).

  • Figure A

  • Figure B

  • Figure C

  • Figure D

  • Figure E

Science: Physical Science

  • As a result of the activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of light, heat, electricity, and magnetism.

Source: National Science Education Standards

Fine Arts: Visual Arts

K-4 Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas

  • Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.

K-4 Standard 5: Reflecting Upon and Assessing the Characteristics and Merits of Their Work and the Work of Others

  • Students understand there are various purposes for creating works of visual art.

Source: National Standards for Arts Education

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