Physical Science is always a little more difficult to teach in the lower grades than Life Science, however the kids usually are really interested in our magnet unit! Kids are fascinated by magnets, and usually have had some experience with them before getting to school. I usually open my unit by allowing some exploration time with Magneatos. (If you haven't seen these, I highly recommend them, they are great for a hands-on science or math lesson). We will then record some of our observations on a chart, and form some questions.
It was difficult to find good hands-on assessments and activities for 1st graders that had to do with magnets, so I created this unit. Head over to TPT and check it out for yourself!