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Who Sank The Boat?

Hello Everyone!


The staff writing this article!

This week I have a great book for you – ‘Who Sank The Boat?’ by Pamela Allen. This book is used in many classrooms to cover science, maths and literacy concepts. So the activities for this week are straight from one of my own Year One programs.

Please note that several of the activities involve quite a bit of water play. Please, please be safe – never leave your child alone near water.

The focus skill for this week is PREDICTION.

If you are enjoying a public holiday today, have a super day!

Happy Learning,


Learning Activities For This Week


Monday 10th June 2013

Listening Skills – Read ‘Who Sank The Boat’ by Pamela Allen to your child. This is a great book to read aloud to your child as it has phrases that keep repeating, so the more your child hears them, the more chance they have of joining in with the story.

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Tuesday 11th June 2013

Prediction – A very important skill that your child needs to develop is prediction. Prediction can help in all parts of our lives. It’s important that you let your child know a prediction is not just a random guess – it has to be based on something reasonable and possible.

Science Activity : Sinking and Floating

You Will Need:

1. A medium sized container filled half way with water

2. 6-8 items to test if they sink or float in the water

Before your child tests the items, get them to predict what will happen – ‘Will this sink or float?’ Ask them ‘why?’ they have given you the answer they have. Get your child to record their predictions. Then one at a time, place an object on the surface of the water and see what happens. Your child can compare their predictions with the results.

Wednesday 12th June 2013

Activity :  ‘Who Sank The Boat?’

You will need:

1. Medium sized container, half filled with water.

2. A small container that can float on the water (eg.foil tray/butter container)

3. Bag of marbles

Get your child to study the small container – how many marbles do they think it will take to sink? Place the small container on the surface of the water and add one marble at a time. This is a pretty popular activity so you may want to have a several small containers ready to go!

Thursday 13th June 2013

Activity: Plan, Design, Make – Which Boat Will Win? Part 1

You will need :

1. Items from around your house to make two boats –  things like aluminium foil, foil trays, butter containers, plastic containers, milk cartons or plastic plates.

Let you child do most of the selecting of materials. Then get your child to plan each boat, think about its design then make them. Tell your child to make two boats that they think will sail down a stream quickly.

Friday 14th June 2013

Activity: Plan, Design, Make – Which Boat Will Win? Part 2

Take your child to a local flowing stream. Predict which boat will win the race. Place each boat on the ‘starting line’ and ready, set, go! Pick the ‘finish line’ and see which boat wins.

After the race discuss why one boat was quicker than the other. If you want, you might do a ‘best of three’ race.


Enjoy your weekend!



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