1492: Using Data to Explain a Journey

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Subject:
Engineering, Mathematics, Atmospheric Science, Oceanography, Physical Geography
Provider:
NASA
Provider Set:
My NASA DatA+, NASA Wavelength
Level:
Middle School, High School, Career / Technical
Grades:
Grade 9, Grade 10
Language:
English
Material Type:
Activity/Lab, Data Set, Lesson Plan
Media Format:
Interactive, Text/HTML
Abstract:
Back in the days of Christopher Columbus, voyages made across bodies of water were dependent upon winds and currents to drive the sailing ships. Thus good navigation routes were often determined by prevailing weather conditions such as the Trade Winds, and then discovered by explorers. In this lesson, students will explore the wind climatology for the Atlantic Ocean basin (as determined by satellite data from the past ten years), and then compare it to the route documented by Columbus in 1492.

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Tracey Beckendorf-Edou on Jan 20, 11:55am

Good:

The learning goal is specific.
The procedures are well explained.
Open-ended questions are included.
Rigor is included.

To improve:

The timeframe is too short.
The math standards need to be identified.
If you click on the vocabulary links, it takes you to a page that does not identify the vocabulary.
Accessibility and accommodations are not clear.
We are looking at this from Puerto Rico, and we think this should also be available in Spanish.