Lesson

Roaring Rockets

Lesson Overview

In this lesson, students will learn a brief history of rockets, rocket design, and build and test a foam rocket. This lesson can be used in a larger Force and Motion Unit.
 

Duration
Multiple days
Lesson Type
Project Based Lesson

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Essential Question

What variables influence the maximum distance a rocket can travel?

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Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

5, 8

Science

  • NASA Rockets Educator’s Guide. The activities and lesson plans contained in this educator guide emphasize hands-on science, prediction, data collection and interpretation, teamwork, and problem solving. The guide also contains background information about the history of rockets and basic rocket science. 
  • “Procedures for Building a Foam Rocket” handout
  • “Redesigning a Rocket Challenge” handout
  • Directions and materials for building a foam rocket                                                                                            
  • “Making Thinking Visible Strategy” (teacher resource)
  • “Presentation Rubric”
  • Missile to Moon, documentary. Published on Aug 15, 2013 This video is a documentary of Von Braun from "Alabama Public Television Documentaries"  

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