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Who Sank the Boat?

What Will Fit?
by Grace Line

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Olivia visits the farmers’ market in hopes of finding an item that fits perfectly in her basket. She tests different fruits and vegetables to find the perfect fit.

Resources for What Will Fit:
Full Book Review (English)
Full Book Review (Spanish)
Brief Book Review (English)
Brief Book Review (Spanish)

*Spanish versions coming soon!

Will a goat and a barrel full of buttermilk float in a moat?


Math Connections:

Buoyancy.                        Engineering

Problem Solving

Activities To Do Together:

  • Discuss objects that float and objects that sink. If your child is not sure if an object will float or sink, allow them to experiment

  • Build a small “boat” together to see if it will carry small objects.


Extension Questions: 

  1. Why didn’t the goat want to take the drawbridge?

  2. Why do you think the first boat, the S.S. Buttermilk, sank?

  3. Why do you think the second boat, the S.S. Empty, floated?

  4. What was different about the S.S. Ballast that made it float AND sink? How do you know?

Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts:

mapped, measured