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Build Your Own Submarine
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.
Build a Model Submarine
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.
Ocean explorers or mathematicians research the wreck of the CSS H.L. Hunley. They investigate the actual dimensions of the Hunley using math and measuring skills. Afterward, they sketch a large scale drawing of the submarine outdoors on the black top. Assessment questions and an answer key provided. Go deep with this lesson!
WWII German Submarine Warfare: U505
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.
Ballast Systems in Submarines
High schoolers investigate Ballast systems in submarines. In this ballast lesson, students conduct experiments that show how a Ballast system works. High schoolers will then create a model of a submarine's ballast system.
Submarines: The Classroom Fleet
Learners 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.
Cooking in A Closet: Supply and Demand on a Submarine
Students define choice, cost, supply, demand, and scarcity. They apply the terms in an economic sense to a historical event. Finally, students read an excerpt from the oral history interview with a submarine veteran conducted by the Arkansas Inland Maritime Museum and relate economics concepts to the interview excerpt.
2005 Submarine Ring of Fire Expedition: Unexplored
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.
Jody's Submarine Sandwich
In this science worksheet, students read a word problem about a submarine sandwich. Students answer 2 questions about the problem and complete a chart about the number of bacteria in the sandwich at different times.
Living with the Heat
Young oceanographers study the Submarine Ring of Fire, which is a series of deep-water volcanic vents that come up from the ocean floor. Learners take a close look at the unique ecosystems that are associated with these areas, how these volcanoes are formed, and the effects they have on the ocean life around them. This incredibly thorough plan has many terrific websites that kids access to further their learning about the Submarine Ring of Fire.
World War II - Submarine Simulation
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.
Students are introduced to the fantasy film Yellow Submarine, a true masterpiece. They read and discuss the text before and after they see the film. Students view this activity as a window into their music and the "Hippie" counterculture of the 1960's.
The Magical Diving Sub
First graders discuss and predict if a given object sinks or floats. They record their predictions on a data sheet. Pupils test the objects and organize them into floating/sinking groups. Students observe the floating and sinking of a toy submarine and infer what is causing the sub to float or sink. They predict what happens if different chemical substances are used in the sub and compare and contrast the effects different substances have on the sub.
What Do You SUBpose?
Submarines are the fous of this math and science lesson. 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.
Roots of the Mariana Arc
Plumb the depths of the Submarine Ring of Fire and explore seismic waves with this lesson. Junior geologists simulate s-waves and p-waves, calculate their speeds, and then apply the data to discover the material that makes up inner Earth. Detailed directions, student handouts, and internet resources provide everything you need to present a memorable lesson on seismology.
Hitler's Lost Sub
Learners 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.
The American Turtle, 1776
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.
It's Going to Blow Up!
Students 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.
Teaching the Beatles' "Yellow Submarine":A Handout for ESL/EFL Students
Students inspire communication skills thru the lyrics of a song. Students watch and correlate the production of a fantasy film with speaking and listening skills. Students quote the themes from the video.
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.