Age of Navigation Teacher Resources

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The Age of Early European Explorations & Conquests

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Your students' world will literally take shape in this presentation, which chronicles the growing edges of the (flat) earth during European Exploration of New Worlds. Dias, da Gama, Magellean, and Columbus are key players in this game of...
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Journey Under the Sea

For Students 6th - 8th Standards
Discover the interesting world of maritime archaeology and explorations under the sea with this nice set of worksheets, which cover such topics as search tools and techniques of underwater archaeology, carbon dating, vessel types, and...
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Where Am I: Navigation and Satellites

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore the concept of triangulation that is used in navigation satellites and global positioning systems designed by engineers. They determine ways these technologies can help people determine their position or the location of...
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Ready, Set, Drift!

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students define data, recover data from the Internet, and use information they obtain to solve problems.  In this investigative lesson students answer questions on a worksheet and demonstrate the use of a maneuvering board in solving...
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Where Am I - Navigation and Satellites

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore geography by completing a navigation activity in class. In this satellite positioning lesson, students define terms such as orbit, satellite, GPS and triangulation. Students view diagrams of the Earth's orbit and...
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The Romans Flooded the Colosseum for Sea Battles

For Students 6th - 12th Standards
A fascinating short video describes how engineers somehow were able to flood the floor of the Colosseum and conduct maritime battles to amaze and impress spectators.
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Navigational Aids Used by Great Lakes Ships

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners examine a fresnel lens and compare it to simple concave and convex lenses. They measure its focal length and then discuss why this type of lens is useful in a lighthouse system. That is about all there is to this instructional...
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Mapping The Great Lakes

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Can you fathom a fathom? Through this activity, learners get a grasp of how deep a fathom is and how the floor of The Great Lakes might look. They compare topographic maps to Great Lakes navigation charts, which you will need to obtain...
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Of Compasses, Sextants and Chronometers

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students identify longitude and latitude and how they were, and are, determined, and discuss the rudiments of navigation in the eighteenth century.
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"Aye, Aye, Captain!"

For Teachers K
Students explore direction by reading sailing stories in class. In this navigation lesson, students identify the techniques used by sailors in order to travel safely and accurately. Students read stories about sailing in class and define...
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What Does the Captain of a Ship Need?

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students pick between the items that are needed by a Captain and alternate items that are not necessary. They form teams of two. Students are explained that they are going to play a game in which they try to choose the correct items for...
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Virtual Travel Plan

For Teachers 4th - 8th
Students navigate the web to prepare for an imaginary trip and record expenses involved.  In this state culture and symbol lesson, students gather information to be used in a multimedia project.
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Latitude and Longitude: Geography and Geometry!

For Teachers 2nd
Second graders use latitude and longitude coordinates to pinpoint an exact location on the map. In this geography lesson, 2nd graders utilize handouts from the Maritime Museum in order to gain practice in finding locations throughout the...
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Great Lakes/Great Ships

For Teachers 11th - 12th
Students investigate Great Lakes' navigational charts while practicing topographical map skills. They draw an 'elevation' of the bottom of the lake and graph the depths of the lake.
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Mary Ann Patten: Clipper Ship Heroine

For Teachers 4th - 8th
In two groups, learners research the history and current building of clipper ships. In this inquiry lesson, students present information and compare and contrast the technological revolution with the development of clipper ships....
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Tides - The Ins and Outs of Tides

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Get your junior oceanographers to generate tidal prediction graphs on an interactive website. They will feel like experts in the field, or shall we say, experts in the ocean! This is a brief, but worthwhile activity that could be used to...
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Looking for Clues

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Upper graders become "shipwreck detectives" by studying the debris field from a shipwreck in the Aegean Sea which took place in the 700s.  A website is accessed that gives specific information about the debris field, and pairs of...
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Motion in the Ocean

For Teachers 9th - 12th
How does the formation of currents and waves in the ocean happen? High schoolers will learn about the primary causes for ocean currents and waves by calculating a wave's amplitude and nautical mile speed. Then they will complete a...
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Boston Harbor

For Teachers 8th - 12th
Students study the Boston Harbor. In this social studies lesson, students view various maps of the Boston Harbor throughout the years. Students discuss how the harbor has changed over time.
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A Sea of Intrigue

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore trireme, a type of ancient Persian warship. They investigate other underwater recovery operations to shed light on the difficulties a trireme recovery team might face.
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The Robot Archaeologist

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Learners discover what is needed to program an underwater robot to complete a course of action.  In this robot archaeologist lesson students design an archaeological strategy of an underwater vehicle. 
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Christopher Columbus Who?

For Teachers 8th - 9th
Students recreate a "60-minutes" interview using cue cards and historical information on the Chinese explorer Zheng He. This lesson is an excellent introduction to World History during the 1400's.
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John Paul Jones: Captain of the High Seas

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students explore John Paul Jones. His sense of adventure brought him to America. His bravery made him the country's greatest naval hero.
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Preservation Through Education: Activities and Programs

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students participate in different activities to help them discover the need for preservation. They pretend they are underwater archaeologists and create a sketch of a mock shipwreck in their classroom. They label the parts of the ship as...