Create fun, Floating Animals using polyfoam and cork!
Stimulate physical science learning with hands-on activities about properties of matter and buoyancy. Cut different materials and test which material floats in water. Assemble floating animals with cork and observe how the animals float. Determine which is the best material to use for the Floating Animal bodies.
For life science lessons, discuss how the adaptations of each animal facilitates survival in water habitats.
Assemble Animals with cork for hands-on lessons about Floating objects or properties of matter. Use Floating Animals for any subject area from science to storytelling!
Supplies Used: 1" x 0.25" Cork, Google Eyes, Polyfoam, Tape (Double-Sided)
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
- Die-cut Animal bodies from colored polyfoam.
- Place cork in the opening of each Animal body.
- Assemble the animals by adhering the faces or fin to the cork (see Main Photos).
- Adhere google eyes to complete (see Main Photo).
- As a result of the activities in grades K-8, all students should develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry.
Science: Physical Science
- As a result of the activities in grades K-4, all students should develop an understanding of properties of objects and materials.
Science: Life Science
- As a result of the activities in grades K-8, all students should develop an understanding of properties of diversity and adaptations of organisms.
Fine Arts: Visual Arts
K-4 Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas
- Students select and use subject matter, symbols and ideas to communicate meaning.