To the Moon!

Grade 8 / Engineering / NGSS
CCSS: Math.8.SP.A.4

Common Core State Standards




Grade 8


Statistics & Probability


Investigate patterns of association in bivariate data


Understand that patterns of association can also be seen in bivariate categorical data by displaying frequencies and relative frequencies in a two-way table. Construct and interpret a two-way table summarizing data on two categorical variables collected from the same subjects. Use relative frequencies calculated for rows or columns to describe possible association between the two variables.

For example, collect data from students in your class on whether or not they have a curfew on school nights and whether or not they have assigned chores at home. Is there evidence that those who have a curfew also tend to have chores?

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Lesson Objective

Engage in an engineering design challenge of hitting a target with a paper rocket


15 min

Questions to Consider

  • How do students use science and engineering practices in this lesson?
  • How could you make disciplinary core ideas more explicit throughout the lesson?
  • How do students use data analysis to inform their decisions?

Next Generation Science Standards

MS_ETS 1-1, MS_ETS 1-2, MS_ETS 1-3, MS_ETS 1-4

Supporting Materials

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  • To the Moon! Transcript

  • Lesson Plan: To the Moon Unit.PDF

  • Handout: Rocket Data Sheet.PDF

  • Handout: Rocket Part Template.PDF

  • Handout: NASA Rocket Blueprint.PDF

  • Handout: Design Journal Rubric.PDF

  • Handout: Rocket Debrief Rubric.PDF

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