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“Journey on the Sea”, School Journal, level 3, August 2018

08 August 2018

The first two pages of the journey of the sea article

Aotearoa is an island nation with more than 15,000 kilometres of coastline (only nine other countries have more). It’s no wonder so many of us love the water. But activities like swimming, surfing, fishing, and sailing all involve risk. On average, more than 100 New Zealanders drown each year. The students at Titahi Bay intermediate school have been learning to sail an Optimist and learning about water safety.

You can find the story and teacher support material here: Journey on the Sea, School Journal, level 3, August 2018

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Students could examine other types of boats as well as the Optimist

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Discussion questions

These could include:

  • Describe the physical nature of different types of boats. For example the Optimist is a small boat with a sail, mast, and boom.
  • Describe the functional nature of different boats – for example the Optimist is a sailing dinghy that is intended for use for children up to the age of 15. Often sailors at the Olympic games have learnt to sail in an Optimist.
  • Which boats can you find that have a different physical nature but similar functional natures. You might like to compare the different boats that have entered the America's cup.
  • Which boats have different functional natures but similar physical natures? You might like to compare different types of inflatable boats that are used to transport people, or different types of high tech boats that are used for scientific research.

Indicators of progression for discussion starters

Component Indicator Level
Characteristics of technological outcomes
  • describe examples of technological outcomes with different physical natures that have similar functional natures
  • describe examples of technological outcomes with different functional natures that have similar physical natures

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