Heavy objects sink in water and light objects float
Question: An eight class student makes the statement:
“Heavy objects sink in water and light objects float”.
How is the science teacher of the VII class best advised to react?
- Present counter examples and arrange materials of different shapes, sizes and weights for the child to investigate.
- Explain that heavy and light are relative terms
- Accept the statement as it indicates child’s ideas and needs to be respected.
- Explain to the child that it is not the weight but the density of an object that determines whether it is going to sin or float.