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A neat handout immerses learners in the history of canoe making. After reading, small groups of mini engineers work to craft a canoe that will not be immersed! This is an ideal exercise in engineering design for your STEM curriculum or as an addition to a physical science instructional activity on buoyancy.
For this canoeing worksheet, students use their workbook to answer short answer questions about canoeing and safety. Students complete 10 questions total to get their merit badge.
Students explore canoes and kayaks. In this canoe and kayak lesson, students research the history, parts, and sport of the canoe and kayak.  Students then practice how to use a paddle for each boat, and go on a field trip in order to use both.
Students create a painting in the style of Jaune Quick-To-See Smith. In this art history lesson, students discuss the painting "Trade Canoe for Don Quixote." They create their own painting in the artist's style by spinning the wet paint to create a dripping appearance.
Collaborative groups work together with a variety of materials to design an eight-inch canoe that floats for at least three minutes. There is no direct instruction involved in this plan, just a list of materials and a procedure for dividing the class into groups and providing what they need for the exploration. There is a resource link to a worksheet that has a planning sheet and evaluation questions for each team to answer.
Seventh graders engage in hands-on experiments and activities dealing with rivers and greenways. They also observe lectures and demonstrations by experts in water and river restoration. Students and teachers participate in canoe trips and write in their journals during the week-long study.
This activity uses a question and answer format to scaffold students comprehension of a short dialogue about the Chesapeake Bay and its tradition of log canoes. After reading the short passage, students are prompted to find three facts from the reading and then use critical thinking skills to explain their thinking about the material covered in the reading. An excellent resource for any social studies classroom, this activity incorporates content learning as well as procedural skill practice
In this reading comprehension learning exercise, students read a story about log canoes on the Chesapeake Bay and examine the dialogue between characters. Students use the dialogue between the characters to answer five short answer questions.
Learners experience to balance with another student and maneuver in a two person canoe on still water. They analyze important aspects of canoeing including putting in, portaging and weight distribution. Students discuss the similarities/differences of canoeing on still water and moving water.
Expression, current events, and art can go hand-in-hand. After analyzing a multi-media piece entitled, Trade Canoe for Don Quixote, the class explores their own expressive process. They create collages that show a current event or issue from multiple or cross-curricular perspectives. 
Young scholars examine a piece of art to find objects and symbols used by the artist. In this visual art lesson, students look at Jaun Quick-to-See Smith's, "Trade Canoe for Don Quixote." They look for symbols and items that show the artists view on the war in Iraq. They paint images that show positive cultural exchanges.
Students examine Bill Reid's sculpture "The Black Canoe".They decide which character in the canoe they are most like. Students analyze how their personalities work towards contributing to the group. They explore the moral theme of positive and respectful interactions with others, cooperation and teamwork.
Sixth graders research Canadian geography - the land and the bodies of water. They then plan an imaginary canoe trip through six major water bodies in Canada. They conclude the unit of study with a creative story.
Students are introduced to the fur trade era and the lives of some of its most colorful participants, the voyageurs. They describe the rugged life of the Voyageur. Students interpret the role the fur trade had on the exploration and development of the North American continent.
Studentsare shown how to properly hold a canoe paddle. They safely enter and exit a canoe. Students comprehend the different techniques of steering a canoe. They are shown how to paddle a canoe. Students study how canoes were developed over the course of thousands of years by the native peoples of North America.
For this math advertisement investigation worksheet, students research canoes, then make an add for a canoe using as many of the measurement units given as possible. Worksheet is part of the Houghton-Mifflin math series.
Third graders listen to a presentation given by a local navigator. Working in small groups, they conduct research on how Hawaiians obtain trees suitable for canoes. The groups present their findings to the class and submit individual research papers.
Use this resource to present your number crunchers with how to write a constraint equation and to determine viable solutions. The price of an object limits the amount that can be purchased. The speed at which you walk limits the number of miles you can walk in an hour. The maximum weight of your luggage on an airplane limits what you take on your vacation. Price, speed, and weight are all constraints. Show your class how this works with algebra.
Revisit your own childhood memories of long summers and lakeside fun with E.B. White's essay, "Once More to the Lake." Included here is the actual text as well as a series of short-answer questions that follow. Not only do readers study the essay's theme and central idea, but they look at White's specific strategies and style. A great resource!
Young oceanographers study the Submarine Ring of Fire, which is a series of deep-water volcanic vents that come up from the ocean floor. Learners take a close look at the unique ecosystems that are associated with these areas, how these volcanoes are formed, and the effects they have on the ocean life around them. This incredibly thorough plan has many terrific websites that kids access to further their learning about the Submarine Ring of Fire.

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