Resource Image Celestial Navigation

by: Kurt Rosenkrantz
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Type of Resource: Journal Article
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Publication Title: Science Scope
Publication Date: 9/1/2005
Grade Level: Middle School


Celestial navigation is the process of finding your position on Earth based on astronomical guideposts. In this lesson, explore the principles of navigation; build tools to observe celestial bodies, and learn how science, mathematics, technology, and history are intertwined.

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Science Discipline: (mouse over for full classification)
Earth's rotation
Using mathematics
Nature of science and technology
Historical perspectives
Intended User Role:Curriculum Supervisor, Middle-Level Educator, Teacher
Educational Issues:Assessment of students, Classroom management, Cultural awareness, Curriculum, Inquiry learning, Instructional materials, Integrating technology, Teacher content knowledge, Teacher preparation, Teaching strategies


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National Standards Correlation

This resource has 9 correlations with the National Standards.  

This resource has 9 correlations with the National Standards.  

  • Earth Science
    • Earth in the solar system
      • Seasons result from variations in the amount of the sun's energy hitting the surface, due to the tilt of the earth's rotation on its axis and the length of the day. (5-8)
  • Science as Inquiry
    • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • Use appropriate tools and techniques to gather, analyze, and interpret data.
      • Use mathematics in all aspects of scientific inquiry.
  • Science and Technology
    • Understanding about science and technology
      • Tools help scientists make better observations, measurements, and equipment for investigations. They help scientists see, measure, and do things that they could not otherwise see, measure, and do.
      • Many different people in different cultures have made and continue to make contributions to science and technology. (5-8)
  • Teaching Standards
    • Teachers provide students with the time, space, and resources needed to learn science.
      • Create a setting for student work that is flexible and supportive of science inquiry.
      • Make the available science tools, materials, media, and technological resources accessible to students.
  • History and Nature of Science
    • Historical perspectives
      • NA
  • Science and Technology
    • Understanding about science and technology
      • NA

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User Reviews

Navigation on Earth Using Stars
  Adah (San Antonio, TX) on September 9, 2011
  Celestial navigation involves the locating your place on Earth by using the North Star, Polaris, in the Northern Hemisphere. Reading through the article one learns how to determine latitude and time. Students can build an astronomic device called a quadrant and use it to measure altitude of Polaris. The activities, described in this article, help students understand celestial measurements and at the culmination they can then track the movements of Captain Cook through one of his voyages in a simulation. This is a great interdisciplinary activity that encompasses math and social studies with science and gives students a better understanding of how stars can be used for navigation.