Navigation in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond

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Ancient texts, like Homer's Odyssey, mentions navigating ships by observing constellations. Pupils learn about the link between history and astronomy as they relate to navigation in the Bronze Age. Scholars complete two hands-on navigational activities using stars' and constellations' movement across both the northern and southern sky.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Research the relationship between the tide and phases of the moon
  • Download the Excel spreadsheet on each computer before starting the activity
Classroom Considerations

  • Relies on prior knowledge of using latitude and longitude to define a position, simple calculations, graphical constructions, and Excel spreadsheets
Pros

  • Provides cross-curricular connections to history, geography, math, science, and more
  • Uses both ancient and modern technology to accomplish the same feat
Cons

  • None