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Rockets Away with Newton's Laws of Motion
Eighth graders comprehend Newton's Laws of Motion and to use the scientific method in rocketry sub-unit. They work through the scientific method. Students illustrate how science and Newton's Laws can be used in everyday situations and movement.
Playing With Science
Young scientists investigate the scientific concepts and principles that help make common toys such as hula hoops, yo-yos, slinkies, and silly putty work. As a class, they read "Backyard Rocket Science, Served Wet" to get a look behind the scenes of inventions. They then develop exhibits to display in a "Science of Toys" museum.
Middle schoolers design and construct a paper rocket that can be launched with a drinking straw. They participate in a lecture and read an article about rocketry and how Newton's Third Law applies to rocket launches. Each student constructs their own rocket and competes to have the farthest launch.
Students explore rocketry using balloon rockets. They demonstrate how rockets can achieve greater altitudes by using the technology of staging. By using two inflated balloons that slide along a fishing line, they simulate a multistage rocket launch with thrust produced from escaping air.
Systems, UP, Up and Away!
Students discuss rockets and how they work. Students research basic information about the Space Shuttle. Students work in collaborative groups creating "rockets" with empty film canisters. Students launch their "rockets" and record results in their journal. Students change launch constituents in lab and re-launch "rockets". Students draw a diagram of a rocket and explain how it works. Extension:Students build model of the Space Shuttle.
Stomp Rockets/ Water Rockets Design Challenge
Water or stomp rockets are great tools when you want to investigate gravity, the design process, and the way rockets work. Thrust your class into an active and engaging lesson as they first design paper rockets and then move onto a more complex challenge. Soda bottles, PVC pipe, and water will make for a fun afternoon at school.
Altitude of A Rocket
The first two slides set up the conditions for this "experiment on paper". A fun activity where students chose which of the rockets will fly higher in the situations given. Each slide is followed by an answer page and this presentation could even be used by 2 classroom teams to question each other. Velocity, mass and speed are considered in this activity and it also stimulates mental math practice.
Rocket Me into Space
Fourth graders study the concept of thrust and how it propels rockets into space. They discover why airplanes cannot travel into space while considering the engineering techniques use in designing rockets. They look at how space explorers use engineers.
Students create rockets out of wood. They practice using comparison words to describe the differences in height. They also color pictures of rockets from different countries.
Students investigate the relationship between impulse, momentum, kinetic and potential energy and aerodynamic drag. In this physics lesson, students calculate data taken from launching a rocket. They compare the theoretical and actual kinetic energy values.
How Fast Is that Rocket?
Eighth graders calculate the speed of a falling object using measurements from a falling rocket. They report data from their data sheet to the teacher to record on the board or on the overhead transparency and discuss the results with the class.
Hide and Seek Rocket
Students cut out and color their own rocket. They use clues in relation to numbers and words to find hidden rockets. They ask each other questions to determine the exact location.
The Big Bus Module: Paint Rockets
Students are shown how to change one of the variables that affect trajectory as they attempt to find the correct flight path to avoid airborne obstacles and take their rocket to its target. They recognize patterns within sumulations and make and test predictions. Students estimate angles up to 90 degrees.
The Big Bus Module: Rocket Challenges
Students utilize The Big Bus rocket challenges to experience simulation and modeling. They are challenged to tackle a series of challenges to compress air powered rockets. Each student recognizes patterns within simulations and make predictions.
Bottle Rocket Lesson
High schoolers design a rocket that stays on air for the longest period of time. In this physics lesson plan, students research the function of different rocket components. They test their design and make necessary modifications.
Fifth graders work individually and in collaborative pairs or groups to solve a rocket-launch problem. They present potential solutions to the class for discussion.
Rocketing in Math and Sciences
Students make a rocket out of paper. They follow the given instructions and test to see if it will fly. They write about the experiment and are given the opportunity to change their varibles to make their rocket work.
Students discus Sir Isaac Newton's theory that "for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction." For this case the "action" of the gases escaping the balloon will cause the "reaction" of the rocket moving forward. They record their findings and discus the universal principles.
Students explore the countdown sequence for a rocket launch. They watch a video of a rocket launch, discuss the significance of the countdown sequence, and place ten paper rockets in the proper sequence.
Pairs of space scientists or junior physicists construct and deploy antacid-powered rockets. Through this activity, they observe Newton's Laws of Motion. The plan is detailed and well-organized. Resource links include professionally designed diagrams of rocket construction instructions and a NASA Quest explanation of rocket principles.