Age of Sail Teacher Resources

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Sailing Ships

For Students K - 2nd
In this comparison worksheet, students study 3 sailing ships and circle the ship that is not identical to the other two. This worksheet contains 4 rows of ships to compare.
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Naval Battles in the Age of Sail

For Teachers 8th - 11th
Young scholars compare and contrast British and American/Allied naval losses during the American Revolution. They recognize factors affecting the outcome of a naval battle and describe a naval battle from the age of sail.
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Westward With the Vikings!

For Teachers 4th - 12th
Students identify Norse explorers, considered by many historians to be the earliest Europeans to sail to Newfoundland. Then they recognize the superior craftsmanship of a Viking sailing ship that would have been needed to withstand the...
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Voyage on the Mayflower for Grades 6–8

For Teachers 6th - 8th Standards
Imagine living in the hold of a sailing ship for 63 days, enduring rough seas and autumn storms. As part of a study of the voyage of the Mayflower, class members examine an online resource that details life about the ship, watch a slide...
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"A Wizard of Earthsea"

For Teachers 9th - 12th
High schoolers read and analyze the book "A Wizard of Earth sea" by Ursula Le Guinn. They answer discussion questions for each chapter, diagram and label the parts of a sailing ship, conduct research on the meaning of their own name,...
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The Age of Sailing Songs

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Students explore various genres of spoken and written expression. While considering the era of the shipyard and sailing, students describe and document a favorite ship, captain, crew, or life of a sailor. Using this information, they...
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Stormy Sailing

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Pupils access a website that show portraits of the Tall Ships of Atlantic Canada. They talk about what it might feel like to be on one of the sailing ships in stormy seas. They write diary entries while role playing that they are on one...
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Present and Past Tense Verbs

For Students 4th - 5th
In this verb tense activity, students review the use of present and past tense verbs. They complete 8 sentences about exploration using a verb from column A in a table with a phrase from column B. They see colorful clip art pictures of a...
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Scurvy at Sea: Researching and Writing About Vitamin C Deficiency

For Teachers 5th - 6th
Young scholars gather information about vitamin C deficiency, and research how scurvy was prevented in sea-going ventures during The Age of Sail. They create a "Scurvy Log" that will allow them to connect what they have learned about...
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Sneaky Ship

For Students Pre-K - K
In this initial consonant sound of S worksheet, students color all the spaces in a hidden picture yellow if the word starts with letter S. Students color the rest of the spaces blue. There will be a picture of a sailing ship that is...
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Mother Goose Vehicle Puzzle

For Students K - 1st
In this Mother Goose vehicles puzzle worksheet, students read a rhyme that mentions a sailing ship. Students cut out 7 pieces and paste them on another paper to make a ship. There is a picture to hint students.
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Classes of Sailing Vessels

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Young scholars examine the construction and operation of various sailing vessels. In groups, they use the internet to make flash cards of the different types of classes of sailing ships. They participate in a game in which they use the...
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Sailing Through History

For Teachers 6th - 12th
Students research examples of different types of sailing ships, investigating the vessels as well as the politics, economy, and people at the historical time and place the boat was launched. They create displays for a museum exhibit...
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New Ship For the Old World

For Teachers 7th - 9th
Students explore the age of sailing in the colonies through role-playing. In groups, they play the role of a business owner, shipbuilder and geographer to complete specific tasks. They participate in an old World trade show to...
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Block & Tackle

For Teachers 4th - 6th
Students participate in a lab experiment in which they discover the need for so many blocks and tackles on sailing ships. In groups, they make and test their predictions and practice measuring objects in various units. They record and...
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Early Explorers- Did You Know Cards

For Students 3rd - 4th
In this early explorers worksheet, students fill in 2 "Did You Know..." cards with information about early explorers. They see a clip art picture of a sailing ship and have blank lines to fill in on the cards
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Model Sails: Investigating Sails of Tall Ships

For Teachers 7th - 8th
Students investigate the dimensions of a full-rigged ship and a schooner. Using the dimesions, they calculate and compare the area of the sails. In groups, they create model sails that require modeling and estiminating using the...
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For Teachers 2nd - 6th
Students study Columbus and look at a map to determine where he landed and what would have been a more direct route.  In this studying Columbus lesson students discuss what they observed. 
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Comparative and Superlative Adjectives

For Students 3rd - 5th
Class members review comparative and superlative forms of adjectives with example sentences. They complete four exercises to practice correct usage. First they choose the appropriate form (from the comparative and superlative) of an...
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History of Sailboats

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What kind of sailboat is that? A slideshow presentation outlines the history of sailboats with a series of pictures that demonstrate the design changes over the years, as well as the different classifications of sailboats. 
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The Mayflower

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
The journey aboard the Mayflower in 1620 was long and arduous for the Pilgrims set for the New World. Learn about the difficulties of the expedition, including the extended timeframe and cramped quarters, with an informative reading...
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Study Guide for Island of the Blue Dolphins

For Teachers 4th - 6th Standards
Dive your class into a reading of Island of the Blue Dolphins with this in-depth study guide. Breaking the novel into three parts, the resource begins each section with a focus activity that identifies a specific theme or question to be...
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Matilda - The Reader of Books

For Teachers 3rd - 7th Standards
The titular Matilda from Roald Dahl's famous novel adored books above all things. Discuss why it is important to read stories from across cultures and around the world using the first chapter from the ever-loved story Matilda.
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A Whaling Voyage

For Teachers 3rd - 9th
Students plot the track of a whaling voyage and relate it to ocean currents. They need to explain and use latitude and longitude to plot ship positions on the globe.