Buoyancy Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kerry Gray

Kerry has been a teacher and an administrator for more than twenty years. She has a Master of Education degree.

This lesson plan will help students conduct multistep experiments, use scientific terminology, and calculate the buoyant force of several objects as they learn about buoyancy.

Learning Objective

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Conduct an experiment about buoyancy and explain outcomes using domain-specific language
  • Calculate the buoyant force of a variety of objects


120 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RST.6-8.3

Follow precisely a multistep procedure when carrying out experiments, taking measurements, or performing technical tasks.


  • acceleration
  • Archimedes' Principle
  • buoyancy
  • buoyant force
  • density
  • displaced
  • fluid pressure
  • gravity
  • mass
  • molecules
  • newtons
  • volume


  • chart paper
  • markers
  • transparent containers
  • maple syrup
  • cooking oil
  • water
  • measuring cups
  • blueberries
  • grapes
  • strawberries
  • raisins
  • limes
  • timer
  • paper
  • pencils
  • aquarium
  • golf ball
  • tennis ball
  • scale
  • ruler

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