Illuminations: Rescue Mission Game

Students play a game to learn about the four forces of flight: lift, drag, thrust, and weight.

Before playing the game, students conduct a probability experiment with spinners and record their results in tally tables and bar graphs. They then use their findings to select spinners with the greatest probability of helping them win the game. In a portion of the game, students use ordered pairs to plot points on the coordinate plane to show their flight path.

This lesson was adapted from Travel in the Solar System in Mission Mathematics II: Grades 3‑5, a NASA/NCTM project, NCTM 1997.


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Aerodynamics, Physics
Data, Graphing & Statistics, Probability
K-6, Educator

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