7: Sink or Float
For each pair of
2 Student Activity Sheets for Learning Experience 7 (Please see PDF
Four liter container
Property word chart from Learning Experience 1
Read the background information in the Properties Teacher’s
Manual. (Please see PDF
) Provide each pair of students a four
liter container filled with water and one of each object listed above.
Given several objects, students will predict which objects
sink or float. Students will then test each object and record their
students will experiment with objects to develop a meaning for sink and float.
What happens to
objects when you put them into water?
Students should predict which objects will sink or float
before they test them in the water. Allow students to test objects in the water
to see if they were correct. Have students record their results on the activity
sheet for Learning Experience 7 in the Properties Student Activity Book. (Please see PDF
) Have the students draw objects on top or bottom of
the water to show which objects sank or floated.After students are done drawing
their objects, have them work on the next page of the activity sheet for
Learning Experience #7 in the Properties Student Activity Book. (Please see PDF
) Students will circle the objects that floated in
red and circle the objects that did not float in blue.
What does sink mean?
What does float mean?
How can you tell if something will sink or float?
How many objects sank?
How many objects floated?
Ask students to bring in small objects from home. Predict
and test the object for sinking or floating. Do not use objects that will be
damaged by water.
For the accompanying Properties Student Activity
Book, please refer to the PDF found here. (Please see PDF)