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Science of Navigation

Science of Navigation Education Toolkit

Grade 8 to Grade 12

$120.00 for a 3-week rental

 

Classroom Learning Aid

The Science of Navigation Education Toolkit teaches students basic navigation skills as well as the history and science of wayfinding methods. 

The toolkit comes with:

  • Artifacts
  • 5 lesson plans
  • 15 activities 

Students will learn the scientific principles that navigational tools are based on. They’ll also learn to use some common navigational tools. 

Items included in the toolkit:

  • Sextant
  • Mariner’s astrolabe
  • Sighting compass
  • Nautical almanac
  • Nautical charts
  • Parallel rulers

 

Curriculum Connections

The Science of Navigation complements the B.C. math and social studies curriculum for Grades 8 to 12. The toolkit covers many issues and themes in the curriculum.

Topics covered include:

  • Scientific theories
  • Algebra
  • Mathematic equations
  • Maritime history
  • Navigation skills
  • Geography

Grade 8 Social Studies

Big Ideas

  • Exploration, expansion and colonization had varying consequences for different groups.

Content         

  • Exploration, expansion, and colonization
    • The Americas
  • Scientific and technological innovations
    • Arab world, Ibn Battuta, Islamic Golden Age (e.g., the diffusion of arts and mathematics
    • European (Portuguese, Spanish, British) navigation tools and locations
    • Cartography and navigation

Competencies

  • Use social studies inquiry processes and skills to ask questions; gather, interpret, and analyze ideas; and communicate findings and decisions
    • Demonstrate an ability to interpret scales and legends in graphs, tables, and maps (e.g., climograph, topographical map, pie chart)
  • Identify what the creators of accounts, narratives, maps, or texts have determined is significant
    • Create a timeline of key events during this period and rank which are the most significant

Grade 9 Social Studies

Big Ideas

  • Emerging ideas and ideologies influence societies and events.

Content

  • Political, social, economic and technological revolutions
    • Advances in science and technology

Competencies

Use social studies inquiry processes and skills to:

  • Ask questions
  • gather, interpret and analyze ideas
  • Communicate findings and decisions
  • Identify and clarify a problem or issue
  • Interpret information and data from maps, graphs and tables
  • Construct graphs, tables and maps to communicate ideas and information
Chronometer

Grade 8 Math

Big Ideas

  • A number represents, describes and compares the quantities of ratios, rates and percents.
  • Computational fluency and flexibility extend to operations with fractions.

Content

  • Two-step equations with integer coefficients, constants, and solutions
    • Solving and verifying 3x – 4 = –12
  • Pythagorean theorem
    • Find a missing side of a right triangle

Competencies

  • Estimate reasonably
    • Use referents, approximation and rounding strategies
    • Think creatively and with curiosity and wonder when exploring problems
  • Develop and apply mathematical understanding through play, inquiry and problem solving
  • Explain and justify mathematical ideas and decisions
    • Use mathematical arguments

Grade 9 Math

Big Ideas

  • The principles and processes underlying operations with numbers apply equally to algebra.
  • Analyzing the validity, reliability and representation of data enables us to compare and interpret.

Content

  • Operations with rational numbers
    • Addition
    • Subtraction
    • multiplication, division
    • order of operations
  • Multi-step one-variable linear equations
    • Solving and verifying 1 + 2x = 3 – 2/3(x + 6)

Competencies

  • Use reasoning and logic to explore, analyze and apply mathematical ideas
    • Make connections using
      • inductive and deductive reasoning,
      • predicting, generalizing,
      • drawing conclusions through experiences
  • Estimate reasonably
    • Use referents, approximation and rounding strategies
  • Apply multiple strategies to solve problems
    • Includes familiar, personal, and from other cultures
  • Explain and justify mathematical ideas and decisions
    • Use mathematical arguments to support personal choices
    • Anticipate consequences

Grade 10 Math

Big Ideas

  • Representing and analyzing situations allows us to notice and wonder about relationships.

Content

  • Linear functions: slope and equations of lines
    • equations of parallel and perpendicular lines
  • Systems of linear equations
    • Solving problems in situational contexts

Competencies

  • Model with mathematics in situational contexts
    • Take a complex scenario and figure out what mathematical concepts and tools are needed to make sense of it
  • Think creatively and with curiosity and wonder when exploring problems
    • Being open to trying different strategies
    • Asking questions to further understanding or to open other avenues of investigation
  • Develop, demonstrate and apply mathematical understanding through play, story, inquiry and problem solving
    • Determine what is needed to solve problems

Grade 11 Math

Big Ideas

  • Logical reasoning helps us discover and describe mathematical truths.

Content

  • Forms of mathematical reasoning
    • Logic, conjecturing, inductive and deductive thinking, proofs, game/puzzle analysis, counter-examples
  • Angle relationships
    • Properties, proofs, parallel lines, triangles and other polygons, angle constructions

Competencies

  • Model with mathematics in situational contexts
    • Including real-life scenarios and open-ended challenges that connect mathematics with everyday life
  • Develop and apply mathematical understanding through play, story, inquiry
    • Includes structured, guided, and open inquiry
    • Determine what is needed to make sense of and solve problems
  • Reflect on mathematical thinking
    • Share the mathematical thinking of self and others, including evaluating strategies and solutions, extending, posing new problems and questions

Grade 12 Math

Big Ideas

  • Through explorations of spatial relationships, we can develop a geometrical appreciation of the world around us.

Content

  • Geometric explorations: constructions
    • Perpendicular bisector
    • Tangents
    • Polygons
    • Tessellations
    • Geometric art

Competencies

  • Explore, analyze and apply mathematical ideas using reason, technology and other tools
    • Graphing technology
    • Dynamic geometry
    • Calculators
    • Virtual manipulatives
    • Concept-based apps
  • Model with mathematics in situational contexts
    • Use math concepts and tools to solve problems and make decisions 
    • Including real-life scenarios and open-ended challenges that connect math with everyday life
  • Develop and apply conceptual understanding of mathematical ideas through play, story, inquiry
    • Includes structured, guided, and open inquiry
  • Determe what is needed to solve problems
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