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Introduce your budding scientists to density with this vibrant slideshow. The artwork included helps learners to vizualize the property of density, and practice activities are included to teach how to calculate density values. There is a section of slides that touches on carbon dioxide and carbon monoxide that you may want to skip over. Nonetheless, this resource is recommended.
NASA presents a mini-unit on distances in our solar system. It incorporates scientific concepts of gravity, mass, density, and payload while your aspiring astronauts also employ mathematics skills. They calculate speed, they determine ratios and proportions, and they compare fractions, decimals, and percentages. This is a terrific way to apply math to real-life situations. Put it to use in your middle school math or space science curriculum.
Students practice determining liquid densities in a short, hands-on lab activity. Students use a graduated cylinder to measure out 100 milliliters of a liquid, find its mass using a balance, and record measurements in a data table. Students use mass and volume measurements to calculate the density of their liquid.
Students explain what factors determine density. In this physics lesson, students hypothesize which objects are less dense. They cite the importance of density in everyday life.
The densities of a variety of liquids are demonstrated in this simple, yet effective experiment. Liquids such as honey, dish soap, cooking oil, water, rubbing alcohol, and corn syrup are put on top of one another in a large beaker, creating seven distinct layers of liquids. The densities of the liquids are beautifully demonstrated in this easy-to-do experiment.
For this physical science worksheet, students read the in depth explanation of mass, volume, and density. Then they conduct the experiments with liquids and solids recording the results on page 2.
Possibly written by an education student, this plan involves six classic demonstrations that can be used to teach middle schoolers about density. It is not practical for teaching about pressure as the title denotes. Also, it claims that it is geared for all ages of learners, but youngsters are unlikely to comprehend the comparison of volume to mass. Materials and an estimated time are listed for each demonstration. Instructions and a brief explanation of what happens are also provided. Pick and choose, or use all of the engaging ideas in your physical or earth science curriculum. Have class members record their observations and your explanations in their science journals.
In this density worksheet, students learn about density and how to solve density problems. They calculate the mass, volume, or density in fifteen problems using what they learned.
Students examine mass and use chemistry to identify whether CO2 and CH4 have mass.  In this atomic mass lesson students complete a lab activity by creating CO2 and CH4.
Young scholars use density to identify what metal a gold colored weight is made of. They use a spreadsheet to graph the experimental density of common metals and compare the know densities to their calculated density of the known metal.
Learners apply the steps of the scientific method. In this mass and density lesson, pupils follow the provided steps to compare and contrast the mass and density of four types of chocolates.
In this sixth of seven activities revolving around the concept of density, physical science fans figure out if anything can be done to change the density of an object. Demonstrate by placing a can of regular and a can of diet soda into a tub of water and having them discuss why they behave differently. Then let them bubble wrap a regular soda can and put it back in water. Why does it float now?
Three simple activities kick off a unit investigation of density. Your physical scientists make observations on the volume and mass of wood, water, and rocks, and make comparisons. Though this is written for grades three through eight, it is probably best used with upper-elementary learners. 
In this density worksheet, students determine the concentration of sugar in an unknown solution by creating a calibration curve using several known solutions.
Some background information about density and Newton's Laws of gravitation and motion assist pupils in the following experiment. The procedure will help them further their understanding of gravity, pendulums, and a drop-ball experiment.  There are 13 questions to guide them, along with the 3 charts for data collection. This is a complete plan for a good investigative physics experiment.
Learners compare the relative densities of different liquids, first by layering them on top of each other, and then by weighing equal amounts of the liquids. They explore the density of air versus the density of water.
Students explore the concept of density. In this physics lesson, students conduct an experiment to see what objects will sink or float. Students then construct an object that floats and an object that sinks.
This sequence of slides is a fabulous introduction to the concept of density as it relates to mass, volume, physical impact, and interpretation. Various examples are given and your class will find the charts and procedures helpful in laboratory situations.
Students explore density.  For this three states of matter lesson, students perform experiments with various liquids and solids to compare the relative densities and determine buoyancy.  Students build an "ocean in a bottle."
Starting with a guide to finding the density of water using a graduating cylinder, this lab sheet also provides the steps for an unknown liquid sample.  The steps for the calculations are given and pupils are expected to design their own experiment and write a formal lab report.

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