Sixth graders recently delved into history by learning about the Titanic tragedy.
In this interdisciplinary unit, students learned about fact and opinion, using primary and secondary sources, comparing and contrasting, and more in a fun and exciting way.
In science, the students learned about buoyancy and how/why the ship sank. They also researched the weather during the time of the voyage, wrote weather reports and used the green screen to perform those reports.
Students each chose a passenger and researched him/her using many sources including QR code readers. As a culminating activity, the students dressed like the passenger they researched and presented a slideshow in the cafeteria.
Each student was given the proper ticket, (1st, 2nd, or 3rd class), and as they “embarked” they were seated in the appropriate section. First class tables were adorned with lace tablecloths, floral center pieces, candelabras, “champagne” flutes and a lavish display of first class food from the actual menus.
Second class tables were less elaborate and held food from second-class menus, and third class tables had more simple food from those menus. After a time, students were allowed to mingle and sample food from any of the tables.
Passenger slideshows were presented the rest of the morning. The event ended with 8th grade orchestra students and Mrs. Kondenar playing the music the ship’s orchestra played as the Titanic sank. The event took place on the 30th anniversary of Dr. Robert Ballard’s discovery of the Titanic.