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Historical Fiction: The Giant Rat of Sumatra by Sid Fleischman (26 pages plus 53-slide Jeopardy Game)
Realistic Poetry:
Pirates by David L. Harrison (9 pages)
Time Travel / Ghost Story Fiction:
The Thirteenth Floor by Sid Fleischman (13 pp)
Graphic Novel:
Seadogs: An Epic Ocean Operetta by Lisa Wheeler (13 pages)
Historical Nonfiction/ Biography: Sea Clocks-the Story of Longititude by Louise Borden, The Biography of John Harrison who discovered how to use LONGITUDE to navigate the ocean (5 pages)
Picture Book:
How I Became a Pirate by Melinda Long (18 pages for grades 1-3)

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Sea Clocks
by Louise Borden

Before the 1600s, it was as if ships sailed across the ocean in the dark. Sailors didn't have a way to know where they were on the ocean. Even after they learned how to measure latitude to determine how far north or south they were, they still could not tell how far east or west they were! They needed a clock that would work accurately on the ocean. A huge reward was offered to the person who could design such a clock.

In 1714, one man stepped forward. He wasn't a even a scientist. He wasn't an engineer. To others, he may have seemed to be a simple clock maker, but this clock maker had creativity and perseverance. This is his story, the story of the long, courageous journey to success and recognition in bringing ocean navigation into the light. His name was John Harrison.

The Kids Wings unit provides worksheet-type activities that unite fun and skills! Teachers, librarians, and homeschoolers will love the lesson plans!

Research Links for Sea Clocks

John Harrison

The Invention of Clocks

Literary Connections:

Sea Dogs

Sailing for Gold

Biographies of Others Who Did Great Things

The Fantastic Life of Jacques Cousteau

Boss of the Plains by Laurie Carlson
The Boy on Fairfield Street: Ted Geisel --Dr. Seuss by Kathleen Krull
The Dinosaurs of Waterhouse Hawkins by Barbara  Kerley
Lewis and Clark and Me: A Dog's Story by Laurie Myers
Mary on Horseback by Rosemary Wells

Passage to Freedom:  The Sugihara Story by Ken Mochizuki
Radio Rescue by Lynne Barasch
The Riches of Osceola McCarty by Evelyn Coleman

Riding Freedom by Pam Munoz Ryan

William Shakespeare and the Globe by Aliki 

Wilma Unlimited by Kathleen Krull

(Symbolizing high moral character in literature)

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