Density Film Canister Lesson for Science

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Mike in the Middle School
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When students get done with measurement or science process labs, teachers are challenged to find activities to “keep them engaged.” Use this editable Google Drive activity to help them learn and practice standards based lab skills. The film canister challenge requires students to modify the density of a canister till it floats with neutral buoyancy. This mini lab can be set up for the whole class, or materials can be set aside as a “if time” activity. Video review for volume and mass measurement are included in the lesson freeing you us to work with other students.

Please note: You will need old 35 ml film canister for this lesson, click here for details.

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  • Student Guide
  • Teacher Guide
  • QR/Weblinks review to measure density and volume
  • Editable Google Doc and printable versions

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Total Pages
7 pages
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Teaching Duration
40 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Describe measurable attributes of objects, such as length or weight. Describe several measurable attributes of a single object.


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