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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.
Uncover new or more relevant information with the filtering tools in the top navigation bar. First, show your class the tools and demonstrate how to use a few. Next, give class members some time to apply what they have learned. They can work individually or with others to create a guide that describes how to use filters with examples. After they have mastered filters, introduce your pupils to operators, symbols or words that a search site recognizes to narrow a search in a specific way. Learners can practice and add their new knowledge to their guide, or complete one of the other suggested assessments.
Students, while in the computer lab, log in and go to the American Education System to complete a activity 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 activity.
Young scholars create background pictures for their documents using Navigator. In this technology lesson, students explore ways to incorporate images into their activity. They can upload a picture to work on, or use one from the internet.
Middle schoolers 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.
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.
Students examine nautical navigation and discover the differences between nautical charts and other types of maps or charts. Students practice setting a course, taking a bearing, and dead reckoning. This gives students an example of how vectors and other physics related material is used in the "real world".
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 lesson plan provide them with an opportunity to start considering obstacles they may face as the grow up and ways to overcome them.
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.
Students demonstrate the difference between magnetic and true north, In this navigation lesson students locate latitude and longitude and find distances between locations.
High schoolers determine distance and direction on a nautical chart. In this nautical lesson, students identify obstacles and characteristics of common aid to navigation on a nautical chart.
Young scholars 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.
Students engage in a lesson plan 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.
Using their knowledge of number, measurement, and geometry, learners design a "virtual path" that enables a ladybug to hide under a leaf. Pupils also develop navigational skills by testing to see if their path's accuracy and revising their solutions. This is an interesting lesson, which has excellent websites, worksheets, and in-class activities embedded in it.
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.
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.
Middle schoolers 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.
Young boat captains must decide where to deliver supplies to the Carolina colony. They examine “Of the Inlets and Havens of this Country,” a primary source document to determine where to put in. Luckily, your sailors have computer access for this exercise and can read the document online. They can move their mouse over highlighted text to reveal supplemental information and text annotation. Some of your readers may be at sea with the antiquated syntax, diction, and the sailing jargon, and thus, they will require additional support understanding the excerpt. Links to all required materials are included in the packet.
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.
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.