In-Class Field Trips for Grade Two Students

How do things float?

buoyancy-boats-2Students have the opportunity to answer this question when they become scientists as well as carpenters in this 2 part field trip. Small groups of children will rotate through 3 different buoyancy stations while the others are building their own paddle boat.

Buoyancy stations include predicting which objects will be buoyant, discussing and experimenting with stability in a load, experimenting with boat movement and which materials are best used for boat construction.

As well as experimenting, students will have the opportunity to build their own boats in a safe, structured environment, using sandpaper, saws and hammers.

The paddle boats (as well as their new found knowledge) are the students’ to keep after this wet and wild field trip.

Learner Expectations we aim to cover in this field trip:
Topic B: Buoyancy and Boats

  1. GLE 2-7
  2. SLE 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8

Field Trip Information:

Cost (does not include GST): $10.75 per student.
A minimum charge of $215.00 will apply to sessions with 20 or fewer students.

Number of Adult Helpers Required: 1 – can be the teacher
The field trip can’t happen without them. Check out our FAQ page for hints on where to find your helpers.

Field Trip Length: 1.75 hours (we will be working through recess)
Facilitator will arrive approximately ½ hour before start time for set up.

Room Requirements

  • An open floor area large enough for half your class to sit and make their boats.
  • Three large tables for the buoyancy experiments.
  • One other table for building materials.
  • A sink for water.

Other Expectations

  • Please have helpers arrive 15 minutes before start time for briefing.