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122 resources with the keyterm buoyancy

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The World's Simplest Cartesian Diver

For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Have your class learn about buoyancy using this simple lesson. First, they bring in condiment packets and see what happens when they place it in a glass of water. Then, they use one of the packets to illustrate the concept of a Cartesian...
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Sink or Float?

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Young scholars inspect physical science by conducting a floatation experiment. In this density lesson, students examine a group of items and dunk them in an aquarium full of water to see which sink and float. Young scholars define...
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Thermo and Fluid Dynamics of a Homemade "Lava Lamp"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students construct their own lava lamp using simple substances. For this physics lesson, students explain how difference in density causes convection. They solve for forces and buoyancy using mathematical equations.
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Build Your Own Submarine

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers construct their own submarine following a certain procedure. In this physics instructional activity, students calculate the density of objects using a mathematical formula. They explain why some object floats in water...
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Ice Floats

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Learners 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 things.
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Density and Buoyancy

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Learners investigate the mass and volume of different objects.  In this properties of matter lesson, students perform a variety of experiments and activities in order to find the density of objects using mass and volume.
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Freshwater/Saltwater "Eggs-Periment"

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore water properties by conducting a class experiment. In this buoyancy instructional activity, students utilize freshwater, saltwater, plastic cups, hard boiled eggs and food coloring to experiment with the floating...
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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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Displace In Your Face

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
Young scholars explore buoyancy and displacement.  In this Archimedes Principle science lesson plan, students predict which household items will float and which will sink, then test them in water. Young scholars watch a video about...
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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, 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 which...
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Archimedes' Principle

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners investigate the tenets behind Archimedes' principle. In this Archimedes' principle lesson plan, students experiment with the mass of objects outside of water and inside water and measure the volume of water with the objects...
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How Fish Maintain Neutral Buoyancy

For Students 7th - 10th
In this buoyancy 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
Learners explore the relationship between density and buoyancy. After watching a video explaining buoyancy, students discuss displacement and floating. Learners 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
Students 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 on buoyancy!
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What Floats Your Boat?

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

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Students 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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Buoy Oh Buoy

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students predict whether objects sink or float. They construct boats, determine the volume and capacity of their boats, and collect and graph data about their boats on a graphing calculator.
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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.