Who is steering the ship? Not the captain: he is busy with more important work. Not the sailing master, though he chooses the ship's course. Nor the Lieutenant, though he gives orders to the men holding the wheel. No, steering is a job shared by Constitution's 150 able seamen. Every "able" man can "hand, reef and steer" handle the sails, and guide the ship in the right direction. It isn't easy by day, and is harder still at night.
This simple scientific experiment allows students to make predictions and test them as they try to understand density, displacement, and ship design and how all of those contribute to a ship’s ability to float.
Play fun directional games with your students! These two games help students understand the cardinal points and give them practice with compasses. The more advanced game also encourages giving and listening to clear directions.