⁣Lesson Plan: How to Make Matchbox Rockets

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⁣Lesson Plan: How to Make Matchbox Rockets

Grade Level: 3-5

Subject: Science and Engineering

Duration: 60 minutes

Common Core Standards:
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.W.3.2: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas and information clearly.
- CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.4.1: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

Lesson Objectives:
- Students will learn about basic principles of chemistry and physics.
- Students will understand the steps and engineering principles involved in making matchbox rockets.
- Students will be able to follow a procedure, measure and assemble components, and communicate their ideas and findings.

- Matchboxes
- Matches
- Aluminum foil
- Scissors
- Tape
- Paper
- Pencils
- Safety goggles

1. Begin the lesson by discussing the principles of combustion and the concept of thrust in rockets.
2. Show images or videos of matchbox rockets to engage students' curiosity and interest.
3. Explain to the students that they will be creating their own matchbox rockets using the provided materials.
4. Divide the students into pairs or small groups and provide each group with the necessary materials.
5. Instruct the students to remove the matches from the matchboxes and set them aside for later use.
6. Demonstrate how to cut a piece of aluminum foil and fold it into a small square, then tape it to the bottom of the matchbox, creating a rocket nozzle.
7. Instruct the students to follow the same procedure, attaching the aluminum foil nozzle to their matchbox rockets.
8. Show students how to create a small paper cone and tape it to the open end of the matchbox, forming the rocket tip.
9. Discuss safety precautions, emphasizing the importance of wearing safety goggles and using the matchbox rockets responsibly and in a controlled environment.
10. Instruct the students to go outside or to a designated area with adult supervision to test their matchbox rockets.
11. Have students take turns placing a match head-down on the aluminum foil nozzle, lighting the match, and quickly closing the matchbox lid.
12. Encourage students to observe the rocket's flight, measure the distance it travels, and record their findings.
13. Facilitate a class discussion where students can share their experiences, discuss the factors that affect the rocket's flight, and compare their results.

- Evaluate students' understanding of the principles of combustion and thrust through class discussions and their ability to communicate their ideas and findings.
- Observe students' engagement and adherence to safety guidelines during the construction and launch of the matchbox rockets.

Common Core Labels Correlations:

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