Lesson details

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Effects of forces on the motion

Position, direction, and speed


Concept of inertia (Newton’s First Law of Motion)

Forces on the speed and direction of an object

Function of time

Motion, Speed, Forces, Inertia

Recommended Technology: 
  • Computers
  • Interactive board/tv
  • 1:1 devices
  • NASA Apps for Smartphones and Tablets https://www.nasa.gov/connect/apps.html
  • Padlet
  • Apps for formative assessments (Socrative, Quizlet, Quizizz, etc
Other instructional materials or notes: 
  • 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"  

Roaring Rockets

Multiple days
Lesson type: 
Project Based Lesson
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.

Essential Question: 

What variables influence the maximum distance a rocket can travel?

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