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A fabulous unit of study on The Age of Discovery, European explorers, and Christopher Columbus is here for you. In these eight lessons, pupils study the affects these explorations had on other cultures. Hands-on activities include using navigational tools, enhancing mapmaking skills, and simulations regarding first contact. This outstanding series of lessons contain video links, resource links, worksheets, and a phenomenal teacher-created test to be given at the end.
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 explore nautical charts used for navigation. For 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.
Extensive background on marine navigation is provided for you as the teacher. Assign groups to research marine navigation techniques and construct astrolabes. Resource links are listed for extension ideas. If you are teaching an oceanography course, this will be a valuable addition to your curriculum.
Students investigate error. As shown in earlier activities from navigation lessons 1 through 3, without an understanding of how errors can affect position, one cannot navigate well. Students explore how computers can help in navigation. By using the power of computers to do calculations and repetitive tasks, they see how changing parameters likes angles and distances and introducing errors will affect their overall result.