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    In this activity, students view a slide show presentation introducing some rockets, their purposes and distances travelled in space.

    By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

    • describe some rockets and their purpose
    • begin to think about what they already know about rockets and space and what they want to find out
    • describe the relative distances and sizes of the Earth, the atmosphere, the Moon and the Sun and relate this to distances travelled by some rockets.

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    • introduction/background notes
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    • what to do
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    Our collection Exploring space – resources for years 5/6 contains a selection of space resources for Middle Primary.

    3, 2, 1…Lift off! is a collection that supports the House of Science 3, 2, 1…Lift off! kit which uses rockets as a context for learning about forces. This collection of resources covers NZC levels 1-4.

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      Published 30 November 2011, Updated 28 September 2018 Referencing Hub articles