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CEENBoT Takes a Dive
Students create a map to scale using technology. In this algebra lesson, students navigate through a shipwreck to perform rescues. They use he CEENBoT program to perform the different tasks.
Bats: Fact and Fiction
Learners describe the characteristics and behaviors of bats. After viewing a video, they explain how bats use echolocation to navigate and how they find their young within a group. They list four misconceptions about the animal and contrast those with true statements.
World Wide Winds
Students recognize that global winds move in specific directions in specific latitudes and describe that in a written form. They relate the motion of the wind belts to historical navigation.
Steamboats on the Rio Grande
Students build a model steamboat. They research the role of steamboats in trade, communications, and economic development in the Lower Rio Grande region. They research the technology of steam and how it was applied to navigation. They write a play about life aboard steamboats and perform for the school. Students visit historical sites related to this study. This is the 11th in a series of lessons.
Geometry of Exploration: Eyes Over Mars
Students research how engineers and scientists generate linear and angular measurements with geometry to survey the Earth and Mars. They assess how geometric shapes affect navigation. A surveyor comes to the classroom and explains how he surveys locations to describe the techniques he uses to show how geometry and math are used in surveying.
Students explore the definition of matter. In exploring matter lesson students get into groups and navigate the Internet to answer questions.
Angles in Polygons
In this polygons lesson, young scholars explore TI-Navigator software by creating polygons. The teacher leads students through three problems that direct them to create, manipulate, and take measurements of three polygons. Step by step instructions include exactly what buttons to push and screen images of the software are provided. One of the tools in the software makes student answers available for assessment as well.
Historical Indian Treaties and Aboriginal Population
Sixth graders navigate an online atlas of Canada and compare the land area of of historical Aboriginal peoples in Manitoba to present-day figures.
Follow the Light
Students investigate the role of lighthouses in navigation and practice the use of cardinal directions through reading activities, discussion, locating geographical features, and mapping lighthouses along the east coast of the United States.
Los Trenes de EspaÂ¿Â¿a
Pupils identify and read correctly the symbols of a Spanish train schedule. Using maps, they identify and locate major cities and landforms of Spain and practice using a twenty-four hour clock. Using the internet, they navigate a site in Spanish.
1492: Using Data to Explain a Journey
Middle schoolers examine how Christopher Columbus made his way across the Atlantic. In this data lesson students use an Internet program to navigate like Columbus.
Navigating Our Global Future
As we make great strides in technology in an increasingly globalized world, are we actually headed toward a century of eco-disaster and collapse? Listen as Ian Goldin, director of 21st Century School at Oxford, discusses the two Achilles' heels of rapid globalization: growing inequality and systemic risk. This is a valuable presentation for our young learners who will be responsible for the incredible consequences of technology and who will need great wisdom to support our future population.
Navigation and Bathymetry
Learners demonstrate the difference between magnetic and true north, In this navigation lesson students locate latitude and longitude and find distances between locations.
Factoring and Solving Quadratic Binomials
Here is a TI-Navigator™ activity that allows young scholars to review the concept of factoring and solving quadratic binomials, including a connection to graphical solutions. They enter a number such as -2 using the minus key and not the negative (-) key (due to the inability of the number fields to support more than one possible answer).
Navigating a Map
Sixth graders see how to use map scale, read physical maps, analyze landforms and determine land use. They analyze physical maps to determine landforms and land use.
Navigation By the North Star: A Lesson Plan in Four Parts
Students investigate why the North Star was important for navigation, how stars move across the night sky, how to locate the North Star, how to make a crude sextant, and how to determine latitude using a sextant and the North Star. They make a sextant and then determine the angle of elevation relative to the horizon of the North Star.
Navigation Activity for Law of Cosines
Students apply the law of sines to solve problems. In this trigonometry lesson, students apply the correct formula to solve a non-right triangle. They apply these concepts to navigational vectors and find the direction and magnitude.
How Do Bats Navigate At Night?
Through an experiment, learners explore how bats use echolocation. First, they discuss how sound travels through air waves. Then, they talk about the ways bats navigate in the dark. As an extension, they can write about what they have learned.
Navigating the Subway
Students examine the Subway Navigator website to determine the best route between two subway stations, simulating the roles of tourist and Tourist Office employee. They give the directions to partners, and write the directions down.
Chart Making for Navigators
Young scholars discuss the importance and function of nautical maps for sailors. They, in groups, take soundings of a simulated bay in a shoebox and develop a nautical chart that enable them to navigate the shoebox safely.