Density Activities for High School

Instructor: Josh Corbat

Josh has taught Earth Science and Physical Science at the High School level and holds a Master of Education degree from UNC-Chapel Hill.

Looking for engaging activities to help your students learn about density? This lesson contains ideas for activities that will help students explore density in meaningful ways.

Density: Not a Direct Measurement

Early in their academic career, students often come to the conclusion that certain physical properties are easier to measure than others. This is more often than not the product of the fact that some measurements (like mass and length) can be taken directly using specialized equipment, while other measurements (like density) must be calculated using a series of direct measurements. This indirect nature of figuring out density often leads students to some confusion about the concept of density. The activities that follow are designed to get high school students thinking about density in more meaningful ways. The equipment required for each activity is listed before each description.

Density Is All Around Us

  • A variety of common objects
  • Rulers and measuring tapes
  • Balances for measuring mass
  • Calculators

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