Boat Building





Name of Activity Boat Building
Author Rachel Yu and Laura Nixon
Keywords boats, materials, float, water, weight, sinking, density, surface area, weight
Subject Non-LEGO
Grade Level K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9+
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), Legos, popsicle sticks, tape, pennies, water and basin.
Preparation and Set Up: 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.
Necessary Background Vocabulary:
Surface Area
Procedure x

Measuring Volume





Name of Activity Measuring Volume
Author Laurie Cormler
Keywords units, perimeter, area, volume, measurements, surface area, LEGO
Subject Non-LEGO, LEGO Building
Grade Level 4, 5, 6
Time 1 Hour Total
Brief Description Students will learn about units, perimeter, area and volume by measuring various
objects around a room and finding their volume and surface area.
Lesson Objectives: To learn about volume, area, and perimeter.
To learn about three dimensional space.
Materials Needed: LEGO shapes (a cube of LEGO bricks)
Scrap paper
Preparation and Set Up: Make copies of activity worksheet (attached).
Arrange Students into groups of 2.
Distribute materials.
Necessary Background Vocabulary:
  1. Have students fill out the beginning of the worksheet that asks for definitions and formulas. If students do not know these formulas write them on the board and have students copy them down.
  2. Next, have student measure various objects in the room with units such as thumb or arm lengths.
  3. Next have students find the volume of LEGO shapes and figure out how many bricks would make the object a complete cube.
  4. Finally, have student create their own object using the template on the worksheet and figure out the volume using a ruler (The dimensions should fit on the paper).
Extensions: Have students find a conversion factor from thumb units to inches or centimeters.
Reference 1
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