This resource teaches students the concept of buoyancy. Students will learn why objects float and sink through three science mini units lasting 5-7 days or more. The overall unit is based on backward lesson design and is user friendly for teachers. Students start with basic concepts of sinking and floating and move into more complex and higher critical thinking type labs/activities. Students will build boats that hold cargo, learn and apply Archimedes Principle and Boyle's Law. An STEM Engineering Challenge is provided. This resource includes material lists, teacher notes, lab instructions, student lab handouts, informative reading and writing tasks, math tasks, observation tasks, lab testing, engagement activities and assessment ideas. This resource is classroom ready. Very easy to adapt for your class and/or grade level along with connecting the Math and ELA CCSS.
You will need: tin foil, clay, Popsicle sticks, plastic straws, pipe cleaners, wax paper, plastic wrap, pennies, 2 liter plastic bottles, scissors, duct, electrical, scotch and masking tapes