Celestial Navigation Teacher Resources

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The Mathematical Dynamics of Celestial Navigation and Astronavigation

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Students explore the different methods used in celestial Navigation and astronavigation. In this math lesson, students construct a sextant and demonstrate how it works.
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Celestial Navigation

For Teachers 9th - 10th
Students experience navigation. In this celestial navigation lesson, students create an astrolabe. Students simulate locating the North Star in Second Life.
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The North (Wall) Star

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students engage in a lesson which shows them that celestial navigation is the art and science of finding one's geographic position by means of astronomical observations, particularly by measuring altitudes of celestial objects - sun,...
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How to be a Great Navigator!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students, through teacher lecture and class discussion, explore historical methods of navigation: dead reckoning and celestial navigation.
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Navigation in the Ancient Mediterranean and Beyond

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
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...
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The Sun Compass of the Vikings

For Teachers 7th - 10th Standards
Evidence shows the Vikings likely navigated by using a simple sundial to find their course. Videos, a short story, and discussion help bring this time period to life as they study European history with a hands-on experiment. Scholars...
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Make Your Own Compass

For Students 3rd - 5th Standards
Scholars build a compass using a needle, cork, magnet, and a water-filled cup in order to locate the magnetic north and south.
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Navigating with the Kamal

For Teachers 8th - 11th Standards
Historians have proven that as early as 1497 skilled navigators were using a kamal to sail across oceans. Scholars learn about navigation tools and astronomy before building their own kamals. They then learn how to use it to determine...
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'Tis a Long, Long Way to Tipperary!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Learners practice finding the location of cities across the world by using an interactive Web site, and figure out the world's time and the value of time zones the world over.
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Britannia Rule the Waves

For Teachers 9th - 11th Standards
Could you determine longitude based on measuring time? Early explorers used a longitude clock to do just that. Scholars learn about early exploration and the importance of the invention of the clock. Then pupils build their own longitude...
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Amelia Earhart - Mini Biography

For Teachers 8th - 12th Standards
Introduce your young historians to Amelia Earhart with a short and engaging video, which depicts the first female aviator's solo flight across the Atlantic, as well as her tragic disappearance during an attempt to circumnavigate the...
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Things That Stick Out Or: How To Find Your Way Around on a Map

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explain the meaning of and recognize the map outlines of a peninsula, an isthmus, and a cape.
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An Introduction to the Night Sky and Movement Astronomy

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Basically, this is an interactive exploration of educational astronomy software and an app. Young astronomers discover how the apparent motion of the sky relates to Earth's movements and the position of the observer. It is out of this...
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TE Lesson: Navigating at the Speed of Satellites

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students study the basic concepts of the Global Positioning System and how it increases the accuracy of navigation. They examine trilateration and how the speed of light is used to calculate distances.
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How to be a Great Navigator!

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Students examine historical methods of navigation. They discuss the techniques of "Dead Reckoning," "Heaving the Log," and "Chip Log," pretend to sail from Europe to North America using vectors and determine the location of their...
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Big Dipper Story Wheel

For Teachers 3rd - 4th
Students research a Canadian Indian Tale. In this constellation lesson, students hear the story "Never-Ending Bear Hunt" which describes the constellations from the Native American perspective. They create their own constellation wheel...

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