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Who Sank the Boat?
What Floats in a Moat?
by Lynne Berry
Archie and Skinny are on their way to see the Queen and they must cross a moat to get to her castle. Archie, the goat, has grand plans to use a barrel of buttermilk to build a boat, Skinny, the chicken, is not convinced it will work!
Resources for What Floats in a Moat?:
Activities for What Floats in a Moat?:
Build a Boat that Floats (English)
¡Construya un barco que flote! (Español)
Will a goat and a barrel full of buttermilk float in a moat?
Topics: 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.
Questions for Mathematical Thinking:
Why didn’t the goat want to take the drawbridge?
Why do you think the first boat, the S.S. Buttermilk, sank?
Why do you think the second boat, the S.S. Empty, floated?
What was different about the S.S. Ballast that made it float AND sink? How do you know?
Vocabulary for Building Math Concepts: