• Class: Primary 3
  • Term: 3rd Term
  • Week: 2
  • Age: 8 years
  • Duration: 40 minutes
  • Subject: Basic Science & Technology
  • Curriculum Theme: Basic Science
  • Previous Lesson: Floatation In Air
  • Topic: Floatation On Water
  • Content: Things that float on water, Importance of floatation on water

Performance Objectives:
By the end of the lesson, pupils should be able to:

  • Cognitive domain: Identify and list objects that can float on water.
  • Affective domain: Show appreciation for the importance of floatation on water.
  • Psychomotor domain: Construct simple models of floating objects.
  • Social domain: Work in groups to discuss why certain things float on water.

Reference Materials:
The following resources were used in planning this lesson;

  • 9 – Years Basic Education Curriculum
  • Abuja Educational Resource Centre Scheme of work
  • NAPPS National Unified Scheme of Work
  • Online Information from Science Kids

Instructional Materials:
The teacher will teach this lesson with the aid of:

  • Real-life objects that float
  • Diagrams of floating and sinking objects
  • Video clips demonstrating floatation

Rationale for the Lesson:
Understanding why certain things float on water is crucial for pupils. It helps them grasp basic physical concepts about density and buoyancy, which are applicable in everyday life, such as in swimming and boating safety.

Prerequisite/Previous Knowledge:
Pupils are expected to have basic knowledge of objects floating in air from the previous lesson.


Learning Area: Floatation On Water

To deliver this lesson, the teacher will adopt the following steps:

Content DevelopmentTimeTeaching MethodTeaching StrategyTeacher’s ActivityPupil’s ActivityLearning Point
Step 1: Introduction5minDirect TeachingSet InductionIntroduce topic by showing an object that can floatListen and observe the demonstrationIntroduction to floatation on water
Step 2: Explanation10minDiscussionGuided DiscoveryExplain why some objects float and others sinkParticipate in discussion and ask questionsUnderstanding buoyancy and density
Step 3: Group Activity10minGroup WorkCooperative LearningGuide pupils in a group task to gather floating objectsWork in groups to collect and test objectsPractical application of concepts
Step 4: Demonstration5minDemonstrationVisualizationDemonstrate with various materialsObserve and identify materials that floatObserving real examples
Step 5: Note Taking5minWritingInformation TransferDictate notes for pupils to write downWrite notes in their booksRecording learned information
Step 6: Evaluation5minQuestioningAssessmentAsk questions related to the lessonRespond to questions to demonstrate understandingAssessing comprehension
Step 7: Conclusion5minSummarizingReviewSummarize key points of the lessonListen and recap the lessonReinforcing the lesson’s objectives

Classroom Note:

Floatation On Water

Floating on water happens because of something called buoyancy, which means the water is pushing up against the object, helping it to stay afloat. Examples of things that float on water includes:

  1. Wood
  2. Boat
  3. Leaves
  4. Apples
  5. Cork
  6. Styrofoam, etc.

Importance of floatation on water

The following are five reasons why floatation on water is important:

  1. It helps boats carry people and goods from one place to another.
  2. It ensures safety equipment like life jackets can save lives.
  3. It makes water activities like swimming and fishing possible.
  4. It aids in the understanding of various scientific and physical concepts.
  5. It impacts the ecosystem, helping organisms like fish that live near the surface to survive.

Lesson Evaluation:

To evaluate the learning, the teacher asks pupils to:

  1. Name three objects that can float on water.
  2. Explain why boats are designed to float on water.
  3. Describe one way floatation applies to their daily life.

Note for teachers using my lesson plan:
Hi there, remember that I didn’t make this lesson plan with any particular class or teacher in mind and I tried as much as possible with my experience and expertise to deliver this plan in a standard and effective style utilizing the best strategy and methods. Nevertheless, you are free to customize the lesson content, teaching methods, timing and pupil activities to suit your teaching style, pupils comprehension, curriculum, and resources available to you. Happy teaching!

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Last Update: May 24, 2024