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Simulating Microgravity with BuoyancyLesson Planet
6th - 8th
How do astronauts know how to live and work in a weightless environment? It doesn't come naturally! Junior physicists conduct experiments to examine the link between buoyancy and microgravity. Each activity illustrates a different aspect...
Floating Fishes: How do Fishes Control Buoyancy?Lesson Planet
7th - 12th
Playing with balloons, water, oil, and bottles help put this lesson over the top! Participants use air-filled balloons in water tanks to experience gas compression. They also use oil-filled bottles to experiment with buoyancy. Included...
Molluscs: Nautilus Regulates Its BuoyancyLesson Planet
2 mins 6th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Scientists discovered the key to nautilus buoyancy when they X-rayed the shell of living mollusks. An educational video shares these X-rays and explains how the process works. It connects evolutionary changes, a unique circulatory...
The Buoyancy Challenge!Lesson Planet
7th - 9th CCSS: Adaptable
Check out a lesson plan that starts with force of gravity and moves through the concepts of mass, weight, volume, and density. Learners calculate density, test the buoyancy of objects, and then demonstrate understanding by altering the...
How a Sailboat Works: Hull Speed and BuoyancyLesson Planet
7th - 12th
How can you determine the maximum speed of a sailboat? A sailing presentation included with a straightforward lesson plan prompts learners to calculate the maximum speed of a sailboat with a displacement hull. The presentation continues...
How Does the Density of a Liquid Affect the Buoyancy of an Object?Lesson Planet
7th - 8th
Here's a lesson plan that will really float your boat! Introduce physical science scholars to the relationship between buoyancy and density through an assortment of individual and collaborative exercises. Lab groups work together to...
Buoyancy QuizLesson Planet
2 mins 9th - 12th CCSS: Adaptable
Need to demonstrate buoyancy to your class? Rise to the occasion with a video from Veritasium! The narrator demonstrates how a golf ball behaves in dish detergent and saltwater, then adds the detergent to the saltwater for a surprising...
Buoyancy: Integrating Science and LiteratureLesson Planet
4th - 6th
Integrate science and literature by using the scientific method to test the veracity of the floating peach described in Roald Dahl's James and the Giant Peach. Clips from a Bill Nye: The Science Guy episode about buoyancy frontload...
Sink or Float: Exploring the Laws of BuoyancyLesson Planet
6th - 8th
Young scholars explore the relationship between density and buoyancy. After watching a video explaining buoyancy, students discuss displacement and floating. Young scholars have a raft building competition. Afterward, they conduct...