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Students study the geographic features of the Indian Ocean and examine how the monsoon influenced maritime trading patterns before 1500. They investigate why certain areas made good trading posts and why these areas attracted trade. They look at contemporary maritime trading patterns in the Indian Ocean.
Learners examine the amount of trade that occurs in the Indian Ocean. Using China as an example, they discuss the reasons why it ended its treasure voyages in the area and predict what would have happened if the voyages continued. They use a map to trace Indian Ocean trade routes.
During the first century of Chinese Ming dynasty (1368-1644), the government sent out a total of seven voyages into the Indian Ocean. Young historians will discuss, explain, role play, and compare the decisions made by rulers during the Ming dynasty. Background information, classroom activities, and a time line of each of the seven voyages is included.
Students read about 2 groups of people who survived the Indian Ocean Tsunami and complete worksheets on them. In this tsunami lesson plan, students read about oral traditions and science.
Students read about animal behavior before the Indian Ocean tsunami and meet with an elder to discuss how the animals reacted. In this animal behavior lesson plan, students read a story and fill out a worksheet provided.
Students complete a worksheet about a story where people helped each other in the Indian Ocean tsunami. In this helping lesson plan, students identify characters and their actions.
Students consider the information presented in the WNET videotape of India: Land of the Tiger/Unknown Seas (Episode 3).  In this biology lesson, students view the video and engage in a discussion about the questions posed in the video.
Young scholars create a storm to develop an understanding of hurricanes. Learners explain reasons behind hurricane trends; identify the 5 categories of intensity using the Saffir-Simpson scale; interpret weather maps, and understand disaster safety.
It this reading for comprehension activity, students read an informational article about the Southern Ocean and answer questions about it. Students answer 10 true and false questions.
Students discover the uniqueness of deep sea hydrothermal vent organisms through an exploration of the NOAA Galapagos Rift Expedition. They study the genetics and evolution of a shrimp species that lives near the vents then they design another species of shrimp that could survive in a different portion of the rift.
In this hurricanes instructional activity, students use a data table showing the hurricane region and the average number of hurricanes per year to determine if the same number of hurricanes happen in each region by creating a graph. Then students complete 2 short answer questions.
High schoolers examine hydrothermal vents. In this ocean lesson, students identify changes in physical and chemical properties of sea water caused by hydrothermal vents.
Summer monsoons have shaped much of India's landscape and culture. Here is a cause and effect graphic organizer intended to help the class read effectively. They will read the provided text, then use the organizer to note causes and effects of Monsoon season in India. 
Students conduct discussions on current threats to coral reefs around the world and write letters to conservation organizations urging support for coral reef protection.
Students research sea horses around the world.  In this sea horse habitats lesson plan, students use the Internet to take a virtual tour of a sea horse in its natural habitat.  Students work in groups to study a geographical region such as Atlantic Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean and Caribbean Sea.  Students research sea horses in their region and give an oral report to the class.
Second graders explore the books in the Elizabeti Series. In this reading comprehension lesson, young readers discuss pre-reading focus questions about their feelings on the first day of school. They investigate the book and describe the characters they see. Various activities are included with this lesson, including vocabulary words, reading response questions, math and science assignments.
Students locate the Arabian peninsula on a map and identify surrounding bodies of land and water, fertile regions, trade routes and major cities. They explain the importance of the Arabian peninsula in terms of its location between major trade routes. Students describe the role of the Makkans in trans-Arabian trade and list several goods that Quraysh caravans transported and sold.
Students distinguish geographic features using Ptolemy's map of the world.
Students study photosynthesis and chemosynthesis.  In this chemosynthetic lesson plan students explain the processes of these and define terms. 
Students analyze hydrothermal vents. For this hydrothermal vents lesson, students discover the effects of hydrothermal vents on tectonic plates. Students make model hydrothermal vents to understand how they form and operate.

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