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Mass and density are difficult topics for kids to understand, and even more difficult when you have visual impairments or blindness. Learners will make boxes and fill them with cotton, sand, or crushed paper. They will feel the density and mass of each box by touching what is inside each box and by lifting them to feel their weight. They will collect data by charting and comparing each group's experience.
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.
Learners 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. Learners use mass and volume measurements to calculate the density of their liquid.
Students explain what factors determine density. For this physics lesson, students hypothesize which objects are less dense. They cite the importance of density in everyday life.
In 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.
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.
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.
Learners examine mass and use chemistry to identify whether CO2 and CH4 have mass.  For this atomic mass lesson students complete a lab activity by creating CO2 and CH4.
Students 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.
In this van Allen Radiation Belts worksheet, students are given the formula for the field line of the Earth's inner magnetic field. Students use this equation to find the polar coordinates of a field line in the van Allen Belts. They also find the approximate volume of a particular region in the van Allen Belt using the equation for a torus. They complete the worksheet by finding the total mass of the van Allen Belts.
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.
Learners apply the steps of the scientific method. In this mass and density lesson plan, pupils follow the provided steps to compare and contrast the mass and density of four types of chocolates.
Allow young scientists the opportunity to discover the relationship between mass, volume, and density through a lab examining the densities of different liquids. After completing the lab, groups will graph their findings on a calculator to assist in the data analysis. In order to collect a larger class set of data, provide several different liquids for lab partners to test or follow the activity by having each group design an experiment to test the density of other objects. 
How does density relate to mass and volume? Allow your young scientists a chance to discover the answer to the question though experimentation. Using simple lab equipment and ordinary household items, the relationship between density, mass, and volume becomes clear in a very short time. Learners will also have a chance to practice math and literacy skills throughout the activity.
Elementary and middle school physical science learners explore density in a hands-on instructional activity. They measure the mass and calculate the volume of different metal and wood blocks. From these two values, they compute the density for each. This is a classic lab activity, important for all of the branches of science. This resource provides everything you need to teach density with ease: instructor notes, grading rubric, materials and procedures, and a student activity sheet. 
Do different liquids have different densities? How can we tell? Using measurement, mathematics, and the scientific method, young scientists discover the answers to these questions. With some simple lab equipment and common household liquids, middle schoolers put their skills to work to find out which liquids are denser than others. To enhance the activity, have pupils write up a lab report and communicate their results with the class.
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 explore the concept of density. In this physics lesson, students conduct an experiment to see what objects will sink or float. Learners then construct an object that floats and an object that sinks.
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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