BEFORE YOU GO
– Ask your captain to explain how the boat works. What are the characteristics, how is it powered, what is it used for?
– Ask the staff on the boat for a short tour of the vessel. What are the major components of the boat, what are they used for, how many people are necessary to operate it?
– Check if there are hands-on activities students can do to “help” on the boat.
– Listen to the safety precautions necessary for water travel.
WHAT TO WONDER
Ask: How many people can ride on the boat? Why does the boat stay afloat.
Observe marine/river life.
Opinion: When you go swimming, do you sink or float? What position do you place your body when you are trying to float? Why does this position make it easier to float?
Compare traveling by water with other means of traveling. What are the benefits and disadvantages?
Challenge students to imagine traveling long distances by boat during different historical eras. Pilgrims, immigrants, and slaves all arrived in America by boat.