In this lesson from NASA, students explore the way astronauts practice and train to improve their efficiency in completing challenging tasks.
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Astronauts use repetition and practice to improve their speed and accuracy in a variety of tasks. In the lesson Following Directions, students place a penny or game piece in several places on a grid in response to directions. The students perform the task several times and record and create a bar graph on graph paper that illustrates their findings. Students should be able to identify a trend of increasing speed in their completion of the task, proving the adage "practice makes perfect."
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Teachers can use observation and the students' bar graphs to evaluate the achievement of the objective for this lesson.
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