Sink or Float?

This Sink or Float? activity & project also includes:

Will it sink or will it float? Learners predict the outcome as they drop random objects into a container of water. Then, they keep track of the results and record the data in a t-chart to draw a final conclusion.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Put learners into groups ahead of time
  • Have individuals bring in four appropriate objects of their choice to test in the sink or float activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Ensure rules and expectations for proper use of the water containers is set into place before beginning
  • Significant prep time and clean up is required for the activity
  • Containers with water, various objects that may float or sink, and a can of soda is required for the prediction activity
Pros

  • Hands-on activity engages children while they practice recording data results
  • Allows for practicing the basics of setting up and carrying out an experiment
Cons

  • None
NGSS