Lesson Links

Newton's Third Law
Action-reaction. Build a bottle rocket with vinegar/baking powder or an optional launcher.

How Fast Will It Go?
This site for older students shows you how to build your own rocket, then calculate height, mass, acceleration, etc. It also compares your rocket to an actual space shuttle.

From Earth to Mars
This part of the Phoenix Mars Mission site has 16 lessons on robotics and space exploration for grades 3–5.

Mars Exploration
This site for younger students explores whether or not there is life on Mars. Students look at graphs and pictures and discuss their thoughts.

Lunar Legacy
The Lunar Legacy site for grades 5–9 includes classroom exercises in which students look at rocks and determine where they are from and how old they are. Students then compare these to what they think rocks on the Moon would be like, leading to the understanding that the Moon was formed out of the same material as Earth. Also covers the Big Whack theory.

Mars Activities
Teacher resources and Mars activities from NASA: includes a lesson on the scale of the Moon, Mars and the Earth, lessons about the possibility of life on Mars, the search for water on Mars, robotic surface exploration and several rocket activities.

Designing Craters
This Deep Impact Legacy site with teacher guides and student handouts offers an opportunity for a 2–3 week investigation with curriculum connects for grades 5–12.

Why Do We Explore?
This site allows students to work in teams to think about the reasons we explore the Solar System. Includes work sheets.

Voyager Spacecraft
This is the Mission Profile for 1977’s twin Voyager spacecraft. Find out where Voyager went and where it is going. This pdf. includes Voyager’s planetary data for constructing a Solar System model.