Unit Plan

Float a Boat

This Float a Boat unit plan also includes:

Build a floating vessel capable of carrying cargo. Groups create a vessel that floats and can carry at least 10 pennies to model a mass transit system. After learning about buoyancy, density, and energy, they redesign their vessels in the STEM activity.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners create a word wall with the provided vocabulary terms
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity references locations in California; modify to nearby locations if possible to make the task more relevant to pupils
  • Additional materials are necessary for the activity
  • Includes question prompts for discussion
  • Has links to online resources, including a simulator for Newton's Cradle
  • No student worksheets