Gravity Launch

The purpose of this lesson is to explore how the earth’s and moon’s gravity affects the path of a rocket launched into space. In this lesson, students will play a rocket simulation to learn how gravity effects forces without directly touching them and objects at a distance.

Standards & Objectives

Academic standards
GLE 0507.12.1
Recognize that the earth attracts objects without directly touching them.
GLE 0507.12.3
Provide examples of how forces can act at a distance.
 
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Learning objectives: 
  • To explore how the earth’s and moon’s gravity affects the path of a rocket launched into space.

Lesson Variations

Blooms taxonomy level: 
Understanding
Extension suggestions: 
  • For another lesson that explores gravity, see the Science NetLinks lesson, Falling.

Helpful Hints

Materials:

  • 6 beanbags (or other non-breakable object that can be dropped to the floor for demonstration)
  • Pencil
  • Masking tape

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