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A field trip to Battleship IOWA presents an array of entirely novel stimuli to the student. The features of a battleship compel their attention as it confronts them with features unprecedented in their experience. Most student visitors have never been aboard a ship of any type, much less a vintage WWII warship.

They walk through President Roosevelt’s private cabin, and climb to the Admiral’s Bridge for an unmatched seven-story vista of their historic maritime village. They participate in a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math) experience coupled with history creating a well-rounded educational event.

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related to maritime history around the world

As they enjoy lunch in the Crew’s Mess, students begin to sense how life aboard IOWA might have been for generations of U.S. Navy sailors and they can realize and appreciate the sacrifices made on their behalf. As a museum, Battleship IOWA offers student visitors so much more than a one-dimensional viewing of art; so more than more screens or interactive games; the ship is an all-encompassing tactile artifact of their families and their community.

Pacific Battleship Center is always developing more STEAM education programs for our local schools to participate in. We have teamed up with regional partners to establish a maritime driven curriculum that is engaging and educational.

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Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Math and Science
The history of naval communication relies heavily on the non-verbal and multi-sensory. Stripes or stars on an officer’s uniform automatically dictated an enlisted man’s actions, flashing lights relayed invaluable information to a landing pilot, and bells signaled between ships through an otherwise impenetrable fog. In this program, students will create a non-traditional form of communication, and in turn practice the basics of coding. They will direct another student through a changeable obstacle course using limited verbal directional cues, bells and whistles, or flashing lights, depending on what challenge they choose. The students will be required to come up with a set of simple instructions or a key to their chosen method of communication. This program allows students elementary age through high school to link the history of naval communication to modern technology. USS Hornet STEM-H Lesson Plan
Grades: 4 and 5
Disciplines: Geography and Social Studies
Basic introductory presentation of leaders and countries involved in WWII used with Elementary class. Includes maps; images of leaders and brief info about each.
Grades: 4 and 5
Disciplines: Geography, Math, and Science
Students will use a simple model to investigate the Coriolis Effect – that is, the curving of motion caused by the Earth’s rotation. In the discussion, students will relate this concept to the movement of wind and currents in the ocean. For more information, please visit: www.windows.ucar.edu/ocean_education.html
Grades: 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Math
In this lesson plan, students will use data on the circumference and diameter of various objects to calculate pi. The exciting aspect of this lesson is that no matter the size or nature of the circular objects measured, the ratio of the circumference to the diameter will come out the same: pi!
Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Science
This lesson plan focuses on thermodynamics, states of matter, and how each is vital to the production of fresh water aboard the USS Iowa. Students will observe various objects in a bell jar and hypothesize about what occurred as a result of changing air pressure. The described demonstration is appropriate for students elementary through high school, and allows them to connect their findings to a real-world application.
Grades: 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Science
Players take turns calling out a period number and a group number on the periodic table of the elements to try and guess the location of their opponent’s ships. The first player to guess the exact locations of his or her opponent’s ships wins.
Grades: 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Science
Students measure wavelength and height of different waves to ascertain which one has the highest pitch/is the loudest etc.
Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Science and Social Studies
Learn the difference between latitude and longitude by finding the location on a world map identified by a pair of map coordinates. Use the country names that match the latitude and longitude points to help you solve the riddle.
Grades: 7 and 8
Disciplines: Science
Accurately perform calculations on speed and distance traveled for battleships to navigate from one point to another in a specified time frame.
Grades: 6
Disciplines: Reading and Social Studies
Students will learn about internment camps during World War II. Students will respond and reflect on heroic characteristics by participating in a meaningful conversation.
Grades: 4 and 5
Disciplines: Social Studies
Can be linked to International Women's Day. It is a look at the way war affected women during the second world war and how their lives changed. PowerPoint gives an overview of different roles of women in the war and asks children to think about the impac
Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Reading and Social Studies
Through writing “Victory Mail” (V-Mail) and role play, students learn how members of the military communicated with their family at home.
Grades: 5 and 6
Disciplines: Math
The Battleship Iowa is providing Christmas dinner for 2,637 enlisted sailors. You work in the mess hall and are in charge of coordinating the baked ham, cranberry sauce, and Thousand Island dressing of the meal.
Grades: 8
Disciplines: Reading and Social Studies
In this module, students will study Japanese-American relations during WWII. They will consider the question “How does war affect individuals and societies?” as they read case studies about the plight of Japanese-Americans interned on American soil and American prisoners of war held captive in Japan. The central texts are Unbroken by Laura Hillenbrand and a short biography of Miné Okubo, a Japanese-American interned during the war. Provided by engageny.org and licensed under Creative Commons Attribution Share-Alike 3.0 License (BY-NC-SA 3.0 US) .
Grades: 8
Disciplines: Math
A lesson plan to teach military time using a 24-hour clock.
Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Geography, Math, and Science
Many centuries ago, mariners oriented themselves by the sun's place or rising and setting, or by the direction of the prevailing winds. This was less than precise, especially on windless or cloudy days. The magnetic compass, perfected slowly over years of experimentation, trial and scientific endeavor, became the sailor's most common and most reliable direction-indicating aid. In principle, the magnetic compass remains as simple as it was when it was invented in medieval times. It is a magnet, balanced so it can pivot freely in a horizontal plane. The magnet -- as any magnet will, given the opportunity -- aligns itself with the earth's magnetic field. A pointer attached to the magnet will point the way toward the north magnetic pole. The north magnetic pole is near, but not the same as, the earth's true north pole, or axis of spin. The magnetic pole wanders somewhat over many years, and is located in far northern Canada.
Grades: 4, 5, and 6
Disciplines: Geography and Math
Students will demonstrate an understanding of latitude and longitude by identifying locations by degrees. Students will learn and use the meanings of a.m. and p.m. appropriately. Students will become familiar with a 24-hour (universal/military) clock. Students will demonstrate an understanding of time zone changes by calculating the time at different degrees longitude. (Mrs. Temoshok’s Lesson Plan)
Grades: 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Social Studies
This is a four lesson activity on the decision of the United States to drop the atomic bombs on Japan. It finishes with a class debate and includes sources and arguments for and against the dropping of the bomb; plus assessment materials for students to s
Grades: 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Reading
The language used to describe parts of a large Naval ship can be difficult to learn. Using some sort of topic information as chosen by the teacher (internet, encyclopedia, or other literature), students fill in the crossword to learn the names of a ship.
Grades: 4
Disciplines: Science
Discover the most effective boat designs by designing and building your own boat!
Grades: 7 and 8
Disciplines: Science
On December 7, 1941, the Empire of Japan launches a surprise attack on the U.S. military stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. Stuart Hedley is a sailor on the USS West Virginia and witnesses the horror of the attack firsthand. “Chronicles of Courage: Stories of Wartime and Innovation” is a co-production of Vulcan Productions and NBC Learn. NBCLearn
Grades: 4 and 5
Disciplines: Math and Social Studies
Time arriving and time departing from checkpoints on the Iditarod Trail is reported in military time. Students can understand the positives and negatives of both the military and civilian time clock by examining “why” Iditarod chooses to post using the military clock compared to the civilian clock. Students will use examples from the race to practice converting time from military to civilian and civilian to military. At the conclusion of the conversion exercise, students will create a persuasive composition to express their personal opinion as to whether military time should become the universal clock used around the world. Developed by: Terrie Hanke 2006 Teacher on the Trail™
Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Geography, Math, and Science
This kinesthetic learning activity will help students learn about the Earth’s tides by acting them out. Students will learn about the gravitational forces of the sun and moon, lunar phases, and vocabulary describing the tides. (NatureBridge)
Grades: 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Geography, Reading, and Social Studies
As an introduction to World War II in the Pacific, students will use classroom reference materials to learn the basic geography of the Pacific Theatre of Operations.
Grades: 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Geography, Math, and Science
In this lesson, students are shown how great navigators of the past stayed on course using the historical methods of navigation. The concepts of dead reckoning and celestial navigation are discussed.
Grades: 7 and 8
Disciplines: Science
Only months after the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, famed pilot James Doolittle leads a top-secret mission to bomb Japan. Richard Cole co-pilots the first of a group of 16 North American B-25 Mitchell bombers that launch from an aircraft carrier – a feat never before achieved in combat. “Chronicles of Courage: Stories of Wartime and Innovation” is a co-production of Vulcan Productions and NBC Learn. NBCLearn
Grades: 7
Disciplines: Math and Science
Students will learn to represent proportional amounts by using equations. For example, if total amount t is proportional to the number n of items purchased at a constant price p, the relationship between the total cost and the number of items can be expressed as t = pn In this activity students will come to understand the enormous amount of familiar ingredients it takes to cook for an entire fleet over an extended period of time. Students will discuss the methods that they used to figure out food quantities and relate their methods to proportional thought.
Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Reading and Social Studies
This is a game that teaches political concepts and language that have their origins in World War II.
Grades: 4, 5, and 6
Disciplines: Reading and Social Studies
Learn how to write a professional letter using the real story of the USS Iowa’s ship’s dog.
Grades: 5 and 6
Disciplines: Geography and Science
Students will aim to complete a project investigating and researching tides. Each student should seek to develop an understanding of what causes tides and why sea levels change between high and low tide. Investigate and become familiar with tides as a natural feature in the local environment. Explore ways in which tides affect the behaviour of plants, animals and people. www.explorers.ie
Grades: 4, 5, and 6
Disciplines: Geography and Math
This lesson teaches the concepts of latitude and longitude with relation to the globe.
Grades: 6
Disciplines: Geography and Math
Are there differences in the time of day depending on where you are? Could it be 12 o'clock midnight in one country and 12 o'clock at noon in another area of the world at the same time? How do we figure out what time it is in all of these different countries? Why do we have these different time zones? Why is this important for me know as I plan a trip to Australia? (Anne Marie Verlaan)
Grades: 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Math
Students will determine the amount of each ingredient needed to make apple pie for the whole crew on the Battleship Iowa. This lesson helps students with measurement, ratios and problem-solving skills.
Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Math
Students get practice plotting points on a coordinate plane by playing a game similar to Battleship.
Grades: 7 and 8
Disciplines: Reading and Social Studies
Become familiar with Navy jargon and procedures, and learn about the Cold War through the eyes of a sailor. Practice creative writing utilizing Cold War events and the experiences of sailors.
Grades: 4, 5, 6, 7, and 8
Disciplines: Science
Students draw upon their understanding of buoyancy and density, as well as potential and kinetic energy, to design and build a floating vessel with its own propulsion system that will carry cargo across a wading pool. As students iterate through the design challenge, they gain firsthand experience in the design process. The Tech Museum of Innovation

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