Week 3: Sink or Float

This week, children will continue their exploration of water by investigating objects that sink and float. They’ll test whether the weight, shape, or type of material something is made out of helps it float or sink. They will experiment with floating and sinking in both still water and moving water. In the second half of the week, they will build boats. They’ll investigate ways to make boats float—and ways to make them sink. They will finish the week by designing boats that can hold the weight of lots of pennies. The guided activities can take place indoors or outdoors, depending on the weather.   

 

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5

Morning Circle

25 – 35 minutes

Watch and Discuss: Fish Museum

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Make a Fish Museum

(10 – 15 min.)

Watch and Discuss: Floating Fun

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Fruit Float

(10 – 15 min.)

Read and Discuss: Toy Boat

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Water Globes

(10 – 15 min.)

Read and Discuss: Who Sank the Boat?

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Sink the Boat!

(10 – 15 min.)

Watch and Discuss: Sinking Ships

(15 – 20 min.)

Explore and Play: Clay Boats

(10 – 15 min.)

Learning Centers

15 – 30 minutes

Guided Activity

20 – 30 minutes

Sink or Float?

(20 – 30 min.)

Floating and Sinking Balls

(20 – 30 min.)

Gently Down the Stream

(20 – 30 min.)

Boats Afloat

(20 – 30 min.)

Penny Boat

(20 – 30 min.)

Closing Circle

10 – 15 minutes

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Day’s Discoveries

(10 – 15 min.)

Share the Discoveries from Explore Water

(10 – 15 min.)

Day 1

Day 1

Today, children begin exploring things that sink or float.

Day 2

Day 2

Today, children continue to explore sinking and floating and make comparisons about how objects behave in the water. 

Day 3

Day 3

The last two days children explored objects floating and sinking in still water. Today they’ll explore objects floating and sinking in moving water.

Day 4

Day 4

Today, children make boats and explore what makes them float and sink.

Day 5

Day 5

Today, children build more boats and see how much weight the boats can handle.