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Teaching the Scientific Method with Paper Rockets

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Grade Range
3rd-5th
Group Size
1-4 students
Active Time
3-4 hours
Total Time
3-4 hours
Area of Science
Aerodynamics & Hydrodynamics
Key Concepts
Scientific method, flight, forces
Learning Objectives
  • Do background research and make a hypothesis
  • Do an experiment to test the hypothesis
  • Draw conclusions from the results of the experiment

Overview

This lesson will introduce your students to the scientific method using a fun, hands-on activity. A middle school version of this lesson plan is also available.

NGSS Alignment

This lesson helps students prepare for these Next Generation Science Standards Performance Expectations:
  • 3-5—Science Practices.
This lesson focuses on these aspects of NGSS Three Dimensional Learning:

Science & Engineering Practices Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts
Asking Questions.

Developing and Using Models.

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations.

Analyzing and Interpreting Data.

Using Mathematical and Computational Thinking.

Constructing Explanations.

Engaging in Argument from Evidence.

Obtaining, Evaluating, and Communicating Information.
The Disciplinary Core Ideas that apply to this project, if any, will depend on how students choose to focus their investigation.
Patterns. Patterns can be used as evidence to support an explanation.

Cause and Effect. Cause and effect relationships are routinely identified, tested, and used to explain change.

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies

Materials


materials needed to make paper rockets
  • Paper
  • Scissors
  • Tape
  • Drinking straws
  • Tape measure

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Grade Range
3rd-5th
Group Size
1-4 students
Active Time
3-4 hours
Total Time
3-4 hours
Area of Science
Aerodynamics & Hydrodynamics
Key Concepts
Scientific method, flight, forces
Learning Objectives
  • Do background research and make a hypothesis
  • Do an experiment to test the hypothesis
  • Draw conclusions from the results of the experiment

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