Ocean Exploration




Apply What You Know. After you have explored the Human Ocean Exploration Story Map, complete the following:

1. Use Traditional Ecological Knowledge to assess where you could gather the necessities to survive in your area. Find a place close to a water source, where you will make your camp. How will you use these resources? What is the waterway closest to you? Is it an ocean, a lake, a river, or a stream?

2. Create a map of this area without using technology. You have no pencils or paper. You may only use things that the earth can provide to you. This is often called a stick map. Take a photo of your stick map, and the area you are mapping, to include in a blog. Marking a special place on your stick map, challenge your friends to try to understand your stick map to find the specially marked location you have selected. It is not as easy as you may think.

3. Now, compare the traditional navigational practices to modern methods. Using what you have learned in this story, and explore how a modern vessel navigates the globe, compared to the traditional marine vessels

4. In a blog, include a brief analysis of the following, for each of the tasks:

a. explain your initial impression and knowledge about the task,

b. detail the challenges that you discovered

c. explain how you overcame these challenges

d. discuss your own results and the conclusion you drew from the activity

This activity was inspired by the First Nations Education Steering Committee

Learning Objectives

These are the curricular outcomes that may be achieved through the use of this activity. For local first nations content, please consult with the groups on whose territory you are located. 

GRADE: Possible for all grades 


Science K: Plants and Animals have observable features 

Science K:  Humans interact with matter every day through familiar materials. 

Social Studies 1:  We shape the local environment, and the local environment shapes who we are and how we live.

Social Studies 1:  Healthy communities recognize and respect the diversity of individuals and care for the local environment.

Science 2: Water is essential to all living things, and it cycles through the environment 

Social Studies 2:  Local actions have global consequences, and global actions have local consequences. 

Social Studies 3:  Learning about indigenous peoples nurtures multicultural awareness and respect for diversity. 

Social Studies 3:  Indigenous societies throughout the world value the well-being of the self, the land, spirits, and ancestors.

Science 4: All living things sense and respond to their environment.

Social Studies 5:  Natural resources continue to shape the economy and identity of different regions of Canada.

Science 7:  Earth and its climate have changed over geological time.

Social Studies 8:  Human and environmental factors shape changes in population and living standards. 

Science 9:  the biosphere, geosphere, hydrosphere, and atmosphere are interconnected, as matter cycles and energy flows through them.

Social Studies 9;  The physical environment influences the nature of political, social, and economic change. 

Environmental Science 11;  Human practices affect the sustainability of ecosystems. 

Environmental Science 11:  Humans can play a role in the stewardship and restoration of ecosystems.

Explorations in Social Studies 11:  Understanding the diversity and complexity of cultural expressions in one culture enhances our understanding of other cultures 

Environmental Science 12:  Human activities cause changes in the global climate system

Environmental Science 12: Sustainable land use is essential to meet the needs of a growing population  

Environmental Science 12: Living sustainably supports the well-being of self, community, and Earth.

Comparative Cultures 12;  Geographic and environmental factors influenced the development of agriculture, trade, and increasingly complex cultures. 

Contemporary Indigenous Studies 12:  The identities, worldviews, and languages of indigenous peoples are renewed, sustained, and transformed through their connection to the land.


All first nations related content should be sourced from First Nations members on the traditional and unceded territory on which you are located. 

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