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Middle schoolers 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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Young scholars examine the devastation caused by the tsunami of 2005. In this current events lesson plan, students consider the effects of natural disasters as they research tsunamis and the worldwide response to the December 26, 2005 tsunami. Young scholars discuss implementing service projects to raise money for the victims.
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.