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105 resources with the keyterm buoyancy

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Ice Floats

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Young scholars explore the changing density of water. In this physics lesson, students investigate how an object's density determines whether it will float or sink in water. They explain why this unique property of is important to living...
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Freshwater/Saltwater "Eggs-Periment"

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore water properties by conducting a class experiment. In this buoyancy lesson, students utilize freshwater, saltwater, plastic cups, hard boiled eggs and food coloring to experiment with the floating capabilities of salt...
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Creating the Ideal Cargo Boat

For Teachers 5th - 7th
  Students build boats out of clay to test the buoyancy of the boat in water.  Students break into pairs and construct their boat to specific guide lines, then experiment with their boat in the water.   
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Staying Up

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students will explain the Archimedes's Principle. In this lesson on plankton, students will describe three factors that can affect the buoyancy of plankton. This lesson contains extensive background information, extensions, and multiple...
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What's the Best Design to Float Your Boat?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students design a boat with buoyancy.  In this designing a boat with buoyancy lesson, students design a boat out of foil, tape, clay, glue, toothpicks, straws, etc.  Students design a boat that displaces the most water.  Students watch a...
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Ships to a New World

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students experiment with buoyancy as a force. In this buoyancy lesson plan, students access an assigned website to examine the sailing vessels that came to the New World. They work as teams to build boats out of aluminum foil to see...
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How Fish Maintain Neutral Buoyancy

For Students 7th - 10th
In this buoyancy instructional activity, students read about neutral buoyancy and that the downward force of gravity is equal and opposite to the upward force of water. They answer four critical thinking questions about buoyancy.
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Sink or Float: Exploring the Laws of Buoyancy

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students explore the relationship between density and buoyancy. After watching a video explaining buoyancy, students discuss displacement and floating. Students have a raft building competition. Afterward, they conduct experiments to...
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Who Sank the Boat?

For Teachers 5th
Fifth graders experiment with student-made aluminum boats to test for buoyancy. They design a boat and determine how many marbles it takes to sink it while recording their data in a spreadsheet. They design a graph using the data and...
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Floating and Falling Flows

For Teachers 6th - 9th
Students discover fluid dynamics related to buoyancy through experimentation and optional photography. Using one set of fluids, they make light fluids rise through denser fluids. Using another set, they make dense fluids sink through a...
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Salinity

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students take a provided ocean Trivia Quiz in order to start a discussion of the ocean. They then perform an experiment on how the amount of salt in the ocean affects it and varies from ocean to ocean.
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I've Got That Sinking Feeling

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle schoolers design a simple boat and predict how much weight it can carry. They should also discover why objects float or sink and how this can be determined experimentally. A great lesson plan on buoyancy!
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What Floats Your Boat?

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Young scholars are introduced to the concept of buoyancy. The Video used in this instructional activity demonstrates and explains the characteristics of objects that sink and float. It presents the concepts of displacement, weight, and...
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Cold Hard Facts...What Inquiring Minds Will Know

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Young scholars work with "ice" in order to gain a practical application of math concepts that evolve into an inquiry-based study. They determine if the dimensions of the ice make a difference in the way the ice floats in the water.
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What Floats Your Boat?

For Teachers 6th - 10th
Students explore the principles of buoyancy and Archimedes' Principle and design their own flotation device. They compare the dimensions of a model to the real object to determine scale and analyze the models to suggest improvements.
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Barge Building: What Floats Your Boat?

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students construct aluminum foil boats that float while holding the greatest number of pennies. They investigate the concept of water displacement, record their results, and watch a Bill Nye video on buoyancy.
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Buoyant Boats

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students design and construct a boat out of aluminum foil and a few other simple materials. The boats then be tested by floating them in water, then adding mass until they sink. They explore the various shapes of boat construction.
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Does Soap Float?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students form hypotheses and carry out an investigation in order to answer a central question: Does soap float? The focus of this lesson plan is on scientific inquiry, but it incorporates scientific topics such as sinking and floating.
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Floating Fishes: Boat Sinking Lab

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Cut milk cartons in half to make boats and let investigators attempt to sink them. They add dividing walls and observe what happens if marbles are put into only one of the newly formed compartments. Vocabulary is provided: buoyant force,...
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Activity: Float a Clay Boat

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Written to introduce pupils to buoyancy, this activity has collaborative groups work to design a floatable clay boat. They first observe that a stick of clay sinks in water and then are given their own stick to reshape into a floating...
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Day Two: Generating New Questions

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students investigate buoyancy by participating in a lab experiment. In this density activity, students utilize vinegar and alcohol in beakers and attempt to float different items in them. Students analyze which items float and do not...
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Density and Buoyancy Lesson Plan

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students investigate why some objects float or sink in water. In this physics lesson, students calculate the density of clay ball using a mathematical equation. They write a complete lab report about the experiment.
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Science Lesson Plans

For Teachers 10th - 12th
Students conduct a variety of exploration activities on various science topics. In this science instructional activity outline, students design a cell encapsulation to hold a specific type of medicine. They give examples of physical and...
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Archimedes' Principle

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students examine the relationship between density and buoyancy.  In this physics instructional activity students use Archimedes' Principle to complete calculations on buoyancy and a lab activity.