Weekly Warm-up: Have a Blast in 2015 with These Rocket Activities!

Ignite learning as each new school week begins by using our multimedia and maps. Use our weekly ideas to wake up your students’ curiosity and spark new energy into learning about their world!

A new year is here—how are you and your students celebrating the end of winter break and the beginning of January? Why not try a different and exciting activity that reminds them that learning can be fun?

Watch these videos to see how easy it can be to launch rockets with your students!

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These videos are part of National Geographic Education‘s Engineers in the Classroom project, which brings together a collection of activities and media to help educators explore engineering topics in the classroom.

Schedule a classroom visit with an engineer who works in your community—this may help students envision their own career in engineering. Engineers can use this guide to help them during their classroom visit.

If you are not a science teacher, think about ways that you can spice up your teaching by using these activities anyway.

  • If you’re a language-arts teacher, perhaps you can have your students cover the story of the rocket launch.
  • If you’re teaching media arts, this is a great opportunity for your students to capture their peers in action.
  • If you’re a math teacher, have your class take measurements, trace trajectories, and make predictions for distance outcomes.

Resolve to have a blast all year! Check back next week for another fun way to help your students shake the Mondays!


More related resources from National Geographic Education

Project: Engineers in the Classroom

Challenge: Engineering Exploration Challenge

Collection: Engineers

Collection: Engineering

Game: Ovie’s Engineering Challenge

One thought on “Weekly Warm-up: Have a Blast in 2015 with These Rocket Activities!

  1. The alka selzer rockets are a favorite of mine that I’ve done many times with students! If you’re searching for film canisters (since they aren’t a common household item these days), know that they can be ordered from Steve Spangler for fairly cheap, and I’ve bought some on Amazon before as well. Hooray for rockets! I love the background provided in the lesson and cannot wait to incorporate this in a few weeks with my 2nd grade students.

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