Fluids Lesson Plans

  • Air Pressure- To get a better understanding of air pressure and how it effects our daily lives.
  • Air Pressure- The purpose of these demonstrations is to aid the student in learning basic principles of air pressure.
  • Air Pressure- The main objective of the mini-teach is to demonstrate an understanding of how air pressure works. Students will be able to identify, construct, and define the concept of air pressure by working in groups after experimenting with various activities on air pressure.
  • Bathtub Physics - Density, Buoyancy and Flotation- Understand Archimedes' Principle, flotation and the reaction of bouyant forces. Explain the relationship between density and flotation.
  • Bernoulli Effect- This lesson will show the relationship between velocity and pressure of a fluid. The demonstrations should be appropriate for all levels.
  1. Bubbleology Mickey Mouse Style- After blowing bubbles, students will be able to test the effect of four different shape wands and three geometric figures in a bubble mixture. Students will construct water and soap molecules.
  2. Buoyancy: What will float and what will sink- The students will be able to write and verbally explain why a particular object/item will sink or float. They will also be able to illustrate and/or demonstrate this process. This assignment will either introduce graphing or enhance a students graphing skills, as well as their critical thinking skills.
  3. Buoyant Force- This activity was designed for grades 4th thru 8th. Students will be able to construct a graph that illustrates Archimedes' principle of buoyant force. Students will also be able to understand that the buoyant force on an object is equal to the weight of the fluid it displaces.
  4. Can you take the Pressure? - This lesson introduces students to the concept of air pressure. Students will explore how air pressure creates force on an object.
  5. Compared to What? Comparing the Density of Different Liquids- Demonstrate that different liquids have different densities. Initial activity can be conducted with primary level children. Calculations for finding the densities are appropriate for sixth grade or above.
  6. Does AIR Really Exist?- Given a teacher demonstration and various learning stations, the students will learn that air is a real substance which occupies space, exerts pressure, and has weight.
  7. Do You Sink or Float?- Students in first grade will discover objects that sink or float through observation, classification, gathering data, and interpreting data.
  8. Fluid Intake - Student will calculate and record oral intake using the metric system with 100% accuracy.
  9. How To Make Water Run Uphill- When asked, each student will be able to explain orally, or in writing how water can run up a hill.
  10. Liquid Conductors- Students will construct a circuit tester. Students will predict what liquids are electrical conductors.
  11. Liquid Pressure- To understand Boyle's Law. To show that water is a virtually incompressible liquid.
  12. Pressure in Fluids- We shall study the properties of fluids under a variety of circumstances to understand the role or pressure in their behavior, and to relate to everyday circumstances.
  13. Sinking And Floating- The size of the force is equal to the weight of the water displaced. Using this principle, students would be able to tell why some things sink and float.
  14. Surface Tension- Students will become familiar with surface tension. Students will determine if soap and heat will affect surface tension.
  15. Surface Tension- To understand the concept "Surface Tension", through several experiments. Designed for students grades 5 through 8.
  16. Surface Tension- Students will observe forces between the water molecules which form Surface Tension.
  17. The Bernoulli Effect: Conceptually- Simply doing and/or observing the experiments (below) should excite the intellectual curiosity for people of all ages. Here is a rough guideline for what might be expected.
  18. The Pressure Of A Liquid- Students will see what happens when the pressure of a liquid is not the same on all sides of a submerged object.
  19. The Unmixables: Investigating Immiscible Liquids- Discover the immiscible properties of different milks.
  20. Viscosity- Discover what viscosity is and how it relates to our lives.