The concept of floating and sinking seems a bit simple, but it is actually related to more complex science principles. Take some time to explore the resources to learn more about sinking and floating, and then try our experiment at the bottom to test your new found knowledge.
Resources for Preschool & Kindergarten
Sesame Street’s Little Discoveries: Sink or Float Click the title to find a whole module of videos and activities.
Resources for 1st-2nd grade
BrainPOP Jr.: Sink or Float Click the title to watch a video & take a quiz. **Username: shelterrock Password: brainpop
Describing Matter Click the title to do an investigation to learn more about sinking and floating.
Resources for 3rd-5th grade
BrainPOP: Buoyancy Click the title to watch a video & take a quiz. **Username: shelterrock Password: brainpop
Sink or Float, a Fun Physics Game Click the title to test your knowledge about what will sink or float.
Hands on Experiment
Now that you’ve learned about floating, sinking, and buoyancy, it’s time to put that learning to the test. Grab two clementines and two glasses of water, and let’s get started! Materials: 2 clementines/tangerines, 2 large glasses filled about 3/4 with water
If you happen to have a lemon and a lime laying around, go ahead and try this. You may be surprised 🙂 This is a great extension for our curious kiddos. Click here to go to Steve Spangler website for the experiment.