Today, the fourth graders at Wilder Elementary got the strangest homework assignment… Go home and build a rocket! Earlier in the week, the students gather together and watched the movie October Sky, based on Homer Hickam’s novel, Rocket Boys. I was invited to visit each of the 4th grade classes to share some of the science behind building rockets. Some simple demonstrations of Newton’s Laws turned into some excitement in the classroom as cups filled with water flew across the room, potatoes smashed into the walls and kids turned film canisters into mini flying machines, powered by water and Alka-Seltzer. Tonight’s homework is to build a rocket out of construction paper. The students learned about center of gravity, aerodynamics and Newton’s Third Law (For every action there is an opposite and equal reaction).
This curriculum is based on work presented by the U.S. Space Camp for Educators program. Here’s the curriculum.
Lisa Heaton is a great teacher at Willow Creek Elementary in Centennial, Colorado, who has taught her students how to share their discoveries on the Internet using a safe way to blog for students. Visit Lisa Heaton’s blog to see what her students are doing.
I also invited the students to write their first comment on a blog by responding to this post. Click on the comments below. Tomorrow we launch! Stay tuned…