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Students are introduced to the concept of stellar navigation. Inside a portable digital planetarium they identify various stars that were used as a navigational tool. They go through several activities in which they attempt to identify their location on earth (in latitude and longitude measurements) using the night sky.
Students investigate the concept of star mapping and how it is used in space navigation. They conduct various activities to see the effect of mapping. Also the teacher uses models and demonstrations in order to communicate the main objectives of the lesson.
Young scholars explore the features of the TI-73 Explorer calculator and the TI-Navigator. For this secondary mathematics lesson, students examine the menus and capabilities of the TI-73 and the TI-Navigator. This is a complete guide, including sources for technical support.
Students explore the different methods used in celestial Navigation and astronavigation. In this math lesson, students construct a sextant and demonstrate how it works.
Students explore nautical charts used for navigation. In this marine navigation lesson plan, students determine distance and direction between features on nautical charts, they identify obstacles and they identify characteristics of common aid to navigation. Students answer 12 questions using a nautical chart. They transfer the angle of a line to another point using parallel rules and drafting triangles in order to determine direction using a compass rose.
Students examine historical methods of navigation. They discuss the techniques of "Dead Reckoning," "Heaving the Log," and "Chip Log," pretend to sail from Europe to North America using vectors and determine the location of their landfall, and take a quiz.
Middle schoolers take a close look at the McClellan-Kerr Arkansas River Navigation system. They study how the Army Corps of Engineers built and monitor the system. Learners discover how a lock and a dam work, and study three benefits of having a dam built on a river: navigation, flood control, and recreation. An worthwhile lesson even for people who don't live in Arkansas.
Students explore geography by completing a navigation activity in class. In this satellite positioning lesson, students define terms such as orbit, satellite, GPS and triangulation. Students view diagrams of the Earth's orbit and complete math problems to determine the differences in geographic locations on Earth.
Students observe how math is important in navigation and engineering. They study how surveyors use math and science to calcute, count, measure, label, and indicate distances on a map. They estimate specific distances.
Students explore the concept of triangulation that is used in navigation satellites and global positioning systems designed by engineers. They determine ways these technologies can help people determine their position or the location of someone else.
Tenth graders explore rotations. In this geometry lesson, 10th graders use TI- Navigator to examine the coordinates of a pre-image and the image. Students investigate the coordinates of the points as they examine rotations of 90, 180 and 270 degrees.
If you are following a Common-Core-based math curriculum, then this app is for you. By arranging topics based on a sequential learning pathway, this app helps to answer questions such as: When does the Common Core first address parameter and area? What experience with linear equations can I expect my incoming Algebra 1 students to have?
Students investigate the use of sonar equipment that is used to scan the ocean floor. They examine how scientists gain information about the bathymetry of the sea floor which helps sailors navigate safely.
Students work together to discover the importance of charts while navigating. They complete a worksheet and practice reading maps. They create their own nautical chart to complete the instructional activity.
Students investigate fractals using a TI Navigator. In this geometry instructional activity, students create geometric representation of Cantor dust. They explore and model characteristics of functions.
Students experience navigation. In this celestial navigation instructional activity, students create an astrolabe. Students simulate locating the North Star in Second Life.
Students study the basic concepts of the Global Positioning System and how it increases the accuracy of navigation. They examine trilateration and how the speed of light is used to calculate distances.
Students engage in a lesson that is concerned with the concept of navigation while research is conducted with the use of a variety of resources. The information is used to expand their perspective of the applications for navigation. The lesson includes background information for the teacher to use.
Students discover how to navigate websites. In this Civil War lesson, students conduct research on slavery as they visit a website to experience oral, written, and digital texts and performances by slaves from the Civil War era.
Students explore the concept of navigation in these two activities.