Can You Canoe?

This Can You Canoe? lesson plan also includes:

A neat handout immerses learners in the history of canoe making. After reading, small groups of mini engineers work to craft a canoe that will not be immersed! This is an ideal exercise in engineering design for your STEM curriculum or as an addition to a physical science lesson on buoyancy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
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  • Covers the history of canoes in addition to providing an engineering challenge
  • Encourages teamwork and problem-solving
  • Helps to meet both Common Core literacy and Next Generation Science Standards

  • Fails to teach about the concepts of buoyancy and density; cover these concepts with middle schoolers for fuller understanding