Lost At Sea
Buffalo State College
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Students work as teams to "sail" around the North Atlantic using their knowledge of latitude, longitude, time, winds, and ocean currents to complete the voyage.
introductory physical geography or oceanography (used in our World Natural Environments course - see course profile
Skills and concepts that students must have mastered
latitude and longitude, relationship between longitude and time, seasons and solar declination, global wind systems, and ocean currents
How the activity is situated in the course
stand-alone activity that draws on concepts from prior exercises
Content/concepts goals for this activity
concepts include latitude, longitude and time, seasons, global winds, and ocean currents
Higher order thinking skills goals for this activity
students must apply concepts to solve problems
Other skills goals for this activity
working in groups
Description of the activity/assignment
Preparation for this activity involves background lectures, readings, and prior exercises related to latitude, longitude, the relationship between longitude and time, seasons and solar declination, global atmospheric circulation, and global currents. In class, students work in small groups to complete a "voyage" around the North Atlantic Ocean using their prior knowledge, maps of winds and currents from their text, their notes, and a globe. This activity gives students practice using maps, discerning latitude and longitude using time and seasonal information, and using characteristics of global winds and currents to find their location.
Determining whether students have met the goals
Students turn in worksheets with answers to the problem set.
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This activity was modified from an exercise designed by oceanography faculty at the University of Arizona