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Magnetism and Electromagnetism Lesson Plan

Learning Objective

Students will be able to understand the concepts of magnetism and electromagnetism by creating an animated gif using Brush Ninja.


  • Computers or tablets with internet access
  • Brush Ninja website
  • Magnet, iron filings, copper wire, battery


  1. Introduce the topic of magnetism and electromagnetism to students. Demonstrate an electromagnet with the magnet, iron filings, wire and battery.
  2. Discuss how electricity can create a magnetic field and how this is used in everyday devices like speakers and motors.
  3. Demonstrate how to use Brush Ninja.
  4. In groups, have students create their own animations showing different ways that magnets can be used or demonstrating electromagnetism in action.
  5. After completing their animations, have students present them to the class and explain how they demonstrate magnetism or electromagnetism.


Assessment will be based on student participation in group work, completion of the animated gif using Brush Ninja, and their ability to explain how their animation demonstrates magnetism or electromagnetism.


For extension activities, students could:

  • Research other real-world applications of magnetism and electromagnetism such as MRI machines or maglev trains.
  • Create more complex animations using Brush Ninja that show more advanced concepts related to magnetism or electromagnetism such as electromagnetic waves or magnetic fields.

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