Buoyant Boats

This Buoyant Boats activity & project also includes:

Eureka! Using the clay boats made in the previous lesson, learners investigate the idea of buoyancy and water displacement to finish the last installment of five in a Floaters and Sinkers unit. Their observations during the activity should lead them to the idea of Archimedes' principle.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Set up an inflatable pool in an open area to use in the activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Builds on knowledge from previous lessons in the unit
  • Activity requires a variety of materials, including clay

  • Includes a printable instruction sheet for learners to reference
  • Provides some assessment and extension options

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