Curious George: Blast Off!

In this lesson plan, children build and test rockets to explore how air moves objects. They begin by watching a video in which Curious George is preparing to blast off in a rocket. The children discuss different objects that are moved by air, and then watch a teacher-led demonstration of how to launch a homemade rocket. Next, they build their own rockets, and then test and evaluate how the rocket launches as they adjust its design. They conclude by discussing the most successful designs and the importance of testing. As children go through the activities, they will be using the following science and engineering skills: asking questions, making predictions, planning and conducting experiments, and testing and retesting.