How Did Polynesian Wayfinders Navigate the Pacific Ocean?

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Imagine sailing around the world, or even around the Pacific Ocean, in an outrigger canoe without the the aid of a GPS? Or a compass? Or even a sextant? The Polynesians did. Find out how with an engaging video that details how they used observations to aid their navigational skills.

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Instructional Ideas

  • Have groups investigate navigational devices used by modern sailors such as the GPS, compass, sextant, sonar, and radar
  • Flip the lesson asking class members to view the video, complete the comprehension check, and research some of the links before returning for a full class discussion 
Classroom Considerations

  • The video ends with an ad for TED-ED programs
  • The resource includes a reading comprehension check, links to related articles, and a discussion question
Pros

  • The video details the skills these early ocean navigators used 
Cons

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