Maritime History Teacher Resources
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Young scholars describe and identify the types of maritime activity between 1680 and 1806. In this maritime history lesson, students explore the "On the Water" exhibit online and describe the people involved. Young scholars choose 3-5 maritime activities which affect their lives or the community and take digital photos of them. Students present their photos to the class.
Students explore water located near where they live. In this map skills maritime activity, students use Google Maps to find their school and the body of water closest to them. Students research the body of water and answer questions about it.
Maritime expansion changed culture and the global economy for ever. This presentation covers both the Polynesian expansion that connected the South Pacific and the European expansion that brought Spain to the New World. Key players, events, and the technology that made it possible are also covered.
Students take a virtual trip on the Mayflower to explore scarcity. In this scarcity activity, students choose items to take on a cross-sea journey. Students discuss a trip on the Mayflower and the problems in a cross-sea trip at the time. Students answer questions about the virtual trip.
Students study the economic system of the United States, including its principles, development, and institutions. They find receipts for lumber, agreements for the purchase of a parcel of land, documents calling for the construction of a "marine lookout" and payments made to laborers.
Students research the causes of the extinction of Pleistocene mammals. In this Pleistocene mammals lesson, students read essays to understand the Pleistocene epoch. Students write an essay about the personal impact of this epoch.
Students define Marine Protected Area; identify types of Marine Protected Areas; identify the stakeholders of particular Marine Protected Areas; describe the impacts of establishing Marine Protected Areas from different stakeholder perspectives; and describe ways in which establishing a local protected area would affect their community.
Students describe vessels used for commercial shipping in the Great Lakes, along with hazards that have caused shipwrecks in that region. They determine how force an motion affect marine safety.
Students research energy conversions. In this energy lesson, students describe the basic operation of a steam engine. They explain the energy conversions in the steam engine's operation.
Students discover boats by researching 18th century ships. In this Naval history instructional activity, students identify and describe the different components of an 18th century naval ship after researching information on the Internet. Students complete a Naval Ship worksheet and practice using discovery vocabulary terms.
High schoolers discover what is needed to program an underwater robot to complete a course of action. In this robot archaeologist lesson students design an archaeological strategy of an underwater vehicle.
High schoolers identify and explore marine protected areas, and examine how they contribute to natural, economic, and cultural resources.
Investigate marine protected areas and how they contribute to natural, economic and cultural resources. In this preservation of marine environments lesson plan, students complete 15 sentences about these areas and they complete a crossword puzzle. They are each assigned a clue and try to match the proper marine protected area associated with the clue. They write a brief report about their area and make an oral presentation.
Learners examine marine archaeology. In this archaeological data lesson, students see how archaeologists use data to make inferences about shipwrecks. Learners read data and make their own inferences, write about marine life and artifacts found at shipwreck sites. Students explore online sites and summarize their findings.
Fourth graders research and write a play about the Rouse Simmons, the Christmas Tree Ship that sank in 1912. They write the play and create the props before presenting the play.
Fourth graders examine the events that lead to the British attack on Baltimore in 1814 and the role of geography in the events of the battle. After a brief discussion on the history of trade routes before 1814 and the War of 1812, they read "By the Dawn's Early Light". Students create a time line of significant events that occurred in the book.
Eighth graders analyze the shift in the labor supply of Maryland's early coloninal economy from one that included indentured servants to one that increasingly depend on the labor of slaves. They skim "Tobacco Growing", resource and are asked what does this tell them about the production of tobacco? Students are explained that Tobacco was what was known as a "Cash Crop," it was grown solely for the purpose of sale.
Students role play different stakeholders perspective on the debate about Channel Islands. In this marine science lesson, students identify different types of Marine Protected Areas. They research about their stakeholder's point of view and hold a mock debate about the issue.
Young scholars study North Carolina's changing coastline during the Paleoindian and Archaic periods and determine the positions of the coastline at different times and decide what types of archaeological information has been lost due to rising sea levels.
Investigate deep sea discovery through the emerging technology being built. In this physical science lesson, students analyze the different types of motion available in the human arm. Students research educational websites discussing deep sea research and complete worksheets.