Magnets for Breakfast

We set out to explore the question, "will magnets stick to my breakfast cereal?"  We went through several steps to break down the cereal and test to see if it was really magnetic or just maybe we were seeing static electricity.  We smushed the cereal, put it in hot water, mushed it around some more, and let it sit for an hour.  Finally, we were able to find small black particles that attracted to the magnet which we knew must be iron!  We learned that we do need iron in our foods to help us stay strong and that certain cereals are fortified with iron, such as Total or Smart Start.