Everybody loves a boat ride. Riding in a boat, whether in a small canoe or a giant cruise ship, is exciting, out of the ordinary, and often refreshing. This Maryland Exploration is about boat rides people took for fun between 1800 and today. "Excursion" is a fancy word that means a trip taken for pleasure. Excursions are usually short, often lasting only one day or several hours. Their purpose is to offer the passenger some recreation. Over history, this recreation often had to do with having a new experience, getting some fresh air, or taking a break in the every day routine.
In this Maryland Exploration, you are going to use scientific techniques to answer an important question. You are going to collect data about different kinds of excursions. Then you are going to analyze it. Finally, you are going to present your findings in a graph so that others can see and understand your conclusion quickly and clearly.
Your first step will be to collect data, or specific information, about several different excursions. You will ask the same four questions about each excursion. The questions are:
To complete this Exploration, you will need three Chesapeake Excursions Worksheets: #1 Collecting Data; #2: Analyzing Data; and #3: Graphing Data. Your teacher can give you copies of these Worksheets.
Look at Worksheet #1: Collecting Data. It has a column for each of the four questions listed above. When you read about each excursion, fill in the information in the appropriate column on the Worksheet. For instance, reading about each excursion will tell you what kind of power the boat used. You will write either steam, sail, or diesel in the column headed by the question "What powers the boat?" Sometimes, you must use reasoning and arithmetic to get the data you need. For instance, the story about an excursion might tell you the price of the boat ride for several people. You need to figure out and write the price of the boat ride for just one person.
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