|Name of Activity||Boat Building|
|Author||Rachel Yu and Laura Nixon|
|Keywords||boats, materials, float, water, weight, sinking, density, surface area, weight|
|Grade Level||K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8|
|Time||1 Hour Total|
|Brief Description||The students build boats out of different materials and then float them in water and
place pennies on the boats until they sink.
|Lesson Objectives:||Determine what material and what shape of the boat will make the boat that holds the most pennies.|
|Materials Needed:||Tin foil, paper, clay (NOT play dough), LEGO pieces, popsicle sticks, tape, pennies, water and basin.|
|Preparation and Set Up:||Discuss with your teacher how you will manage the testing. It can get a little messy with the water.|
|Necessary Background||Relevant Vocabulary:
|Procedure||For the first graders, we gave each group a different material and had them build a boat out
of it. Then, after their first trial, they could choose what material they thought would work
best and make another boat.