Read to children Who Sank the Boat? by Pamela Allen (Putnam Publishing Group, paperback reissue 1996). Talk about things that float like boats and things that sink like rocks. Fill a shallow pan with items like corks, leaves, bottle caps, soap, pebbles, buttons, and paper clips. Invite children to experiment with each item. After a few times, ask children to predict if the object will sink or float. Expand the activity by folding and floating paper boats.
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