This unit provides students with the opportunity to observe the property of density. Students will engage in inquiry about why and how some objects (solids and liquids) display the property of density. Students will measure the mass of solids and liquids. Students will experiment with solids and liquids of different densities. Students will also calculate the density of solids and liquids using hand-held calculators. The science skills emphasized in Density are collecting data, manipulating, observing, and predicting. Accuracy of measurement is critical to the success of this unit.
This kit has been divided into two sections and can be completed in several
ways. For 4th graders, Learning Experiences 1 – 5 should be completed to meet the
state standards. In 6th grade, students should review Learning Experiences 1 – 5 and
continue on with Learning Experiences 6 – 8 in order to reach a better understanding of density. It is believed that by 6th grade, students will have a strong enough math base to calculate density and the skills necessary to comprehend density at a higher level.
This collection is available as downloadable PDFs, but portions of the content are found in wiki format (see WIKI Learning Experiences and Resources) which can be edited or built up with other materials on the same topic by members of the Curriki community.
More About CABOCES
Welcome to the Math, Science, and Technology Department (MST) of Cattaraugus Allegany Board of Cooperative Educational Services (CA BOCES). As a department of Instructional Support Services (ISS), we provide Math, Science, and Technology kits along with support services to meet the needs of the individual districts in our area.
The BOCES Teaching and Learning Center at Allegany provides hands-on math, science, and technology kits to over twenty area school districts in Cattaraugus and Allegany counties. Our department provides forty-three different varieties of kit topics. The kits cover topics in math, life science, physical science, chemistry, and earth science. Each kit contains a teacher's manual, student activity book, materials inventory list, instructional video, and materials needed to complete each learning experience. Each kit aligns with the New York State standards and prepares students for the New York State assessments.
BOCES Teaching & Learning Center @ Allegany
Math, Science, Technology & Health Dept.
80 N Fourth St, Third Floor
Allegany, NY 14706
Phone: (716)-376-8272; Fax: (716)-372-0621