Does it Sink or Float?
Lesson Objective
Using the interactive writing procedure, students will write about vehicles that float.
Background Information for Teacher
The teacher and students gather in a central location to write a common text. The students and teacher brainstorm
possible sentences. After the sentence has been chosen they work together to construct the text. The students write
either a letter or the entire word. The class can write on their own board/paper or observe each other. When the text is
finished the class reads it aloud.
Student Prior Knowledge
chart paper
objects found around house to test floating and sinking capabilities
Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
Start by watching the video in Step 1. After the video, have the student gather items from around the house to test
whether it sinks or float. Make sure it is ok to get wet.
Find a large bowl or your kitchen sink and fill it up with water. Create a sink or float chart ( like in the video) and begin to
test your objects. Be sure to have the students make their prediction first, then add object to the water. Chart and discuss
your results.
Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheets for extra practice
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can
demonstrate understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
Sink or Float Word Search (offline) worksheet