Teaching Through Trade Books: What's Up with Sinking?by: William Bintz and Sara Delano Moore

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Two trade books invite students to explore the question: To sink or not to sink? That is the experiment. Though both books are targeted for younger children, teachers can use these books with elementary students of any age to spark interest in science inquiry as they examine objects that sink and float. This article offers a corresponding activity.

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  • on Sun Jul 19, 2015 9:27 PM

This short article provides a great beginning of the year activity presented through short picture books. While the picture books are on a lower level, the concept is more complex. I love this density activity!

Stacey Dillard  (Mobile, AL)
Stacey Dillard (Mobile, AL)

  • on Tue Feb 07, 2012 5:48 PM

The ideas for trade books to teach density and buoyancy are among the reasons this article is a good choice for reading. The first part of the article is written for kindergarten, first, and second grade students. The authors share ways to encourage children to think about why things float or sink. The second lesson is geared toward fourth through sixth graders. This one is on density. If one is looking for ways to help his/her students understand the relationship between mass and volume (using the formula for density), these lessons will provide hands-on practice for students and help them better understand why things float or sink.

Carolyn M  (Buffalo Grove, IL)
Carolyn M (Buffalo Grove, IL)

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