Sunday, April 8, 2012

Titanic Teaching Ideas--Part 2--Ongoing Projects

If you're looking for project ideas to show "mastery" over a certain Titanic topic, perhaps these will get you started. I have listed them here since they encompass the broader theme of Titanic, rather than fitting into of the specific portions of our timeline.

*Organize a game show. Give each student several trivia game "answers". Students make up a question for each answer. Students then mix all the cards and play the trivia review game. 
       For example: 
       answer: White Star Line
       student's question: What was the name of the British shipping company which operated Titanic, Olympic, and Britannic.

*Have students keep a scrapbook or journal. It can be used to record facts and reactions to topics covered. It could also be used to reflect on how the topic relates to the student's life today. Perhaps it could be a mix of facts and thoughts interspersed with pictures that the student has drawn or collected.

*Many songs were written about the sinking of the titanic. Research them and collect examples to be shared. Try to find works from a variety of different periods. Some were written right after the sinking. Others are more modern. Comment on some of the differences you find.

*Passengers on the titanic came from 46 different countries on 6 continents. Study the country of origin of one of the passengers. Consider geography, flag, foods, language, customs, history of country in 1910s, holidays, and landmarks. Perhaps you could find a passenger who came from your area. One source for this information is Titanic Lee Merideth. (Or since I have the book myself you can comment below and ask me!)

*If you're adventurous, you might plan to learn about steering boats firsthand--by going canoeing! Learn how the oar is used as a rudder to steer the canoe. Demonstrate. Let older students try controlling the rudder oar in the back of the boat.

*Let students create a webpage or blog entry to show knowledge about the Titanic as a whole or about a single topic within Titanic. Topics could include the design of the ship, famous people on board (along with whether or not they survived), fun things to do on board, the chain of events (and time of day) from iceberg warning to final sinking of the ship...the possibilities are endless.

*Research what else was going on in the year 1912. Who was president and who was elected president that year? What was invented? Who was in the World Series? What books were written? What pieces of art were created? What famous people were born? Who died? What two states were added to the U.S. in that year? What was the average family income in the U.S. at that time? How much did things cost? Can you find photographs of your local area from 1912?

*Research your family history from 1912. Create/look at your family tree. Which of your relatives were alive in 1912? Can any relatives that are alive today tell you anything about those people? Look at family pictures at that time. Where were your relatives living then? What did they do for a living?

*For the sports fan: 
-Baseball fans may wish to research players of 1912, statistics, gear, stadiums of 1912 and perhaps especially the 1912 World Series. Students could make authentic-looking baseball cards with statistics, or posters to advertise players and/or the series. 
-Auto racing fans may love to look at pictures of the old timers racing then. There was no formal NASCAR yet, but was there any racing? Indy? When did Henry Ford race? 
-General sports fans might like to research the 1912 summer Olympics held in Stockholm Sweden. See also Jim Thorpe? Were there winter Olympics that year? What events were held. Who were some of the big winners? Do any of the records still hold?
-Was Knute Rockne at Notre Dame at this time? What about other future-famous football players. Where were they? Future Baseball players?

*Field trip ideas:
       There are traveling exhibitions this year in Florida, Michigan, Missouri, Nevada, and California. My son enjoyed one of these exhibitions a few years ago.
       There are also more permanent Titanic museums in Branson, Missouri and Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. Titanic Historical Society has one in Massachusetts. I have not personally visited any of these.
       There is also a Molly Brown House Museum in Colorado. I haven't been there, either.
       A quick internet search will also help you find memorials of Titanic and well-known passengers in your area. They can be found all over the world.

*Choose one of the books you've read (independently or together) during this unit. Choose one of the following book report ideas to report on it. 
-Have someone interview you about the book: Questions will include what you liked and didn't like about the book, who the main characters were, what the plot of the book was...
-Make a play or puppet show to re-tell a main part of the book.
-Make a t-shirt to advertise how great the book was. Include catchy phrases from or about the book, drawings of exciting events or people from the book...
-Videotape a TV commercial explaining what you liked about the book, exciting characters and events...
-Create a song to tell the basic theme and/or message of the book.
-Draw and caption a photo album about the book.

*Choose a character trait: Compassion, Confidence, Cooperation, Courage, Decisiveness, Efficiency, Flexibility, Generosity, Honesty, Humility, Loyalty, Perseverance, Respect, Responsibility. Have students choose someone in Titanic's history that displays that trait and describe how and when the trait was shown. Students can also explain why he/she admires that trait or what he/she could say to that person about the trait. 

*See if the American Red Cross has a course in water safety or swimming available in your area for your particular age group. 

Coming soon...Ideas for Part 1: Build It...

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