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Slavery in America at the Time of the Civil War: Navigating a Website
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.
Exploring Maps: Lesson 2 Guide: Navigation
Students explore and examine how maps have been used in navigation. They research how travelers collected observations to keep track of their positions and plotted information on maps. Each student then makes a Mercator projection similar to the one Lewis and Clark used.
Young biologists take a look at some of the unique ways that nocturnal animals survive in the dark. After reading a terrific student handout which is embedded in the plan, learners work together to answer questions about what they have read. The seven-question worksheet should lead to some terrific discussion amongst your pupils.
Plot Your Course
Students determine distance and direction on a nautical chart. In this nautical activity, students identify obstacles and characteristics of common aid to navigation on a nautical chart.
Students examine classroom objects and determine which has magnetic fields. In this physical science lesson, students explain how the magnetic field created by aurora's affect navigational compasses. They discuss investigation results in class.
The North (Wall) Star
Students engage in a lesson which shows them that celestial navigation is the art and science of finding one's geographic position by means of astronomical observations, particularly by measuring altitudes of celestial objects - sun, moon, planets or stars. Students measure angles, calculate averages and create a bar graph and calculate circumference.
Students examine new evidence of violent behavior in dolphins as a springboard for research on various dolphin behaviors, such as communication, feeding patterns, group behaviors, parenting, navigation, and interactions with humans.
Internet Seek and Find
Ask your students to explain how to successfully find information on the Internet, focusing on how to select the keywords that lead to the best information on a topic and by navigating and evaluating a number of Internet search engines. They will then create a user guide for other students to have for their searches.
Learners discuss the use of satellites and GPS for navigation, tracking, and creating detailed maps. They view satellite images of Tallgrass Prairie National Preserve, Mammoth Cave, and the Grand Canyon using Google maps. After viewing the images, they describe the natural forces that shaped the landforms. Partners research other landforms shaped by natural forces and draw pictures with descriptions.
Pupils explore ways a sextant can be a reliable tool that is still being used by today's navigators and how computers can help assure accuracy when measuring angles. This activity will show how computers can be used to understand equations even when knowing how to do the math is unknown.
Navigating The Road to my Future
Some kids think that making a plan for the future is a cinch! Let them discover through peer work and discussion that the road through life isn't always an easy one. The activities and worksheets in this instructional activity provide them with an opportunity to start considering obstacles they may face as the grow up and ways to overcome them.
Prince Henry the Navigator
Sanges, Portugal is of great significance in the world of ancient exploration. It was what was believed to be" Land's End," but as we now know it wasn't! Learn all about the travels and navigational triumphs of Prince Henry the Navigator. Wonderful photographs will make this a visual treat for learners.
Becoming Comfortable with the Navigation Features
Students, while in the computer lab, log in and go to the American Education System to complete a lesson on the American Education System unit. They review all the terms they may see pop up on their screens (link, save, shift, space, enter, etc.). Each student practices how to navigate from one page to the next in the lesson.
How to Create an Activity Center Document Using Navigator
Students create background pictures for their documents using Navigator. In this technology activity, students explore ways to incorporate images into their activity. They can upload a picture to work on, or use one from the internet.
By Land, Sea or Air
Students learn navigational techniques change when people travel to different places. They understand differences between navigation on land, water, air and in space. They explain the concept of dead reckoning as it applies to navigation estimation. They understand beacon nomenclature, symbols and information as found on nautical charts.
Do You Need a Map?
Students investigate marine navigation. Students access nowCOAST on the Internet and explore marine navigation in modern society. Students obtain and explain the importance of accessing real-time oceanographic and meteorological data.
Finding the Way
High schoolers identify and research navigational tools used in deep sea explorations. They are introduced to a compass, the Global Positioning System and sonar technology and then describe their uses in underwater exploration.
Where Am I?
Sudents examine the types of instruments that can be used for marine navigation and position-finding. They practice using an astrolabe to solve trigonometric problems.
TE Lesson: GPS on the Move
Students participate in a scavenger hunt and a drawing activity to examine the use of Global Positioning Systems including a handheld GPS receiver for personal navigation. They practice using the GPS receivers while collecting data from which they decide how to navigate to set points.