E-book, Lesson Plan


This lesson attempts to answer the question, "What exactly is pushing back on a rocket when it is launched?" Up to this point, students have worked with Newton's Laws of Motion and rocket launches, but haven't yet answered the question of why we need so much force when launching rockets. This lesson introduces students to the composition, layers, and pressure of the atmosphere.


  • Science > General
  • Science > Astronomy
  • Science > Earth Science
  • Science > General Science
  • Science > Physics

Education Levels:

  • Grade 6
  • Grade 7
  • Grade 8


Astronomy History of Science Earth Science Atmosphere



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Curriki Rating
On a scale of 0 to 3
On a scale of 0 to 3

This resource was reviewed using the Curriki Review rubric and received an overall Curriki Review System rating of 2, as of 2009-08-26.

Component Ratings:

Technical Completeness: 1
Content Accuracy: 2
Appropriate Pedagogy: 0

Reviewer Comments:

This Jeopardy-style game has the potential of being a good way to practice answering questions about the place of integers on a number line, missing integers on a number line, and comparing the size of numbers. Unfortunately, when a box on the game board was chosen, the viewer is always directed to the same question: Category 1, Question 1. Also, Category 2, Question 3 does not make sense and does not correspond with the answer that is provided for it. Most of the questions are good and this activity would be useful in the classroom as an informal assessment or practice activity.
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This resource received a 3* rating because it is part of the larger resource A Tour of the Universe, which received a rating of 3-Exemplary in the Curriki Review System.…

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