Unit Plan

Straw Rockets

Scholars become rocket scientists as they take off on a journey exploring Newton's laws of motion. After learning the laws of motion, pupils design their own investigations using straw rockets. They highlight their literacy skills in a series of five tasks that lead to a complete lab report.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Hold a competition for the group designing the rocket that travels the farthest to provide added motivation
  • Have peers review each other's writing and provide feedback for revision
Classroom Considerations
  • Provides a link for acquiring materials for rockets
  • Includes a rubric highlighting each section of a lab report and the scientific method
  • Provides sample student work as an example
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