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Students construct their own submarine following a certain procedure. In this physics lesson, students calculate the density of objects using a mathematical formula. They explain why some object floats in water while some do not.
Learners read an article about the song "Yellow Submarine." In this lesson, students complete several activities that relate to the article, including a vocabulary assignment, sentence starters, class discussion and a quiz.
Learners form lab groups and work together to construct a submarine out of a soda bottle. Next, they observe its action in a tub of water as the inner pressure is changed. It is an engaging experiment. However, links to outside resources can be used to make this more educational.
Students investigate Ballast systems in submarines. In this ballast instructional activity, students conduct experiments that show how a Ballast system works. Students will then create a model of a submarine's ballast system.
Students research the history and scientific principles of submarines. They read about living and working on a submarine and design and display a realistic replica of a submarine.
Students explore electricity, engines, and horsepower. In groups, they construct a submarine. Classmates participate in a submarine simulation activity. They role play safely crossing the Atlantic, with their submarine, during World War II.
After completing this detailed and well-designed project, your young historians will be well-versed in their explanations of the reasons that various countries joined World War I! Learners design a picture book covering seven primary causes for joining the war effort, from nationalism and alliances to unrestricted submarine warfare and the Zimmerman telegram.
Students create a mural in their classroom featuring a fleet of their own model submarines and examples of marine life that might be encountered on a journey under the sea.
Students compare and contrast submarine volcanoes at convergent and divergent plate boundaries, infer kinds of living organisms that may be found around hydrothermal vents, and describe ways in which scientists may prepare to explore unknown areas.
As physics masters view this presentation, they learn how nuclear power is used in submarines. They use Google Maps to plot a course through the ocean and calculate the time required for surfacing and traveling. They learn about fission, gamma rays, critical mass, and exponential decay. In a second session, they continue to explore radioactive decay and perform calculations using half life. The direct instruction is followed by an activity demonstrating half life using small candies. This is a neat lesson for physics, physical science, or STEM classes.
Students research how the capture of a German submarine by the Allies affected the outcome of WWII. In this WWII lesson, students complete a KWL chart. Students research primary source documents online and answer discussion questions.
Submarines are the fous of this math and science lesson plan. In it, learners explore the world of submarines: how they work, and what they are used for. They engage in hands-on activities, watch video clips, and work in cooperative groups in order to investigate the math and science behind submarines.
Students watch a video clip about German submarines lost during World War II. They work together to create their own submarine out of a plastic bottle. They test the buoyancy of the submarine in different activities.
Fifth graders evaluate David Bushnell's 1776 American Turtle. In this history lesson students analyze and make predictions about the first submarine invented by David Bushnell after view pictures. They compare the drawing with an account of how the submarine operated.
Young scholars discover the major characteristics of volcanoes on the Pacific Ring of Fire. They describe the processes that produce the "Submarine Ring of Fire." students explain the factors that contribute to explosive volcanic eruptions.
Get your ocean explorers online, reading articles about submarine volcanoes. They answer a series of questions and take a geometery challenge in which they calculate how much of a volcano has been blown away. Make sure to explore several of the different resource links mentioned, as not all of them work. It is worth your time, however; video clips bring underwater volcanoes to life and make this resource a little more engaging.
Students investigate the concept of an underwater submarine while viewing a program with information about World War II U-boats. They answer key questions after the viewing of the program using student created notes. A summary of the video is given in the lesson plan.
Young scholars explore the recent Russian submarine tragedy. They examine the facts related to the vessel's sinking, then research the opinions of others regarding this event. They explore the impact this event has on their world.
Student study the USS Alligator, the United States' first submarine. They describe the United States' first submarine, the USS Alligator's technology in 1862 and its voyages. A nautical vocabulary list is included for student reference.
In this music worksheet, students answer 10 questions about the cartoon Yellow Submarine. Students also answer 10 additional questions about the Beatles and the instruments played in the song.