Lesson details



Social Studies


Science and engineering practices, processes scientific inquiry-Grade 8


Using data effectively; Safety

Recommended Technology: 

Computers for student use

Other instructional materials or notes: 

Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe by Jo Hackl
One magnet per student
US coins of various denominations
Canadian coins of various denominations

Magnetic Currency with Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe

1-2 hours
Lesson type: 
Traditional Lesson
Lesson overview: 

In Smack Dab in the Middle of Maybe, Cricket uses a doogaloo to open the treasure box. Doogaloos, also known as scrip, were coins created to be used as currency in some mill towns. Students will use the doogaloo in the novel as a starting point for finding out more about metals and magnetism.

Essential Question: 

 How can one explain and predict the interactions between objects? 

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Lesson created by:
Jo Hackl
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