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Words from the Ocean

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Subject:Arts & Humanities,
Social Sciences
Grade:6-8

Brief Description
Students study some common words that have origins in maritime cultures and explore how the meanings of the words have changed over the years.

Objectives

Students

  • identify how the modern meanings of several words have changed from the meanings they originally had in maritime cultures,
  • recognize how the ocean's prominence in our culture has shaped our language,
  • construct hypotheses as to the original, ocean-related meanings of several everyday words.

Keywords

ocean, word origins, maritime, language, dictionary

Materials Needed

copies of "Ocean Words" work sheet (included in lesson)

Lesson Plan

Link to the lesson plan.

Assessment

Assessment is included with the lesson.

Lesson Plan Source

SeaWiFS Project

Submitted By

Beth Nalker and Doug Casey

National Standards

Language Arts:
NL-ENG.K-12.1
NL-ENG.K-12.3
NL-ENG.K-12.6

Social Sciences:
NSS-WH.5-12.6

07/24/2000