Bermuda Triangle Lesson Plan

Instructor: John Hamilton

John has tutored algebra and SAT Prep and has a B.A. degree with a major in psychology and a minor in mathematics from Christopher Newport University.

Educate your students about the Bermuda Triangle with this lesson plan. They will peruse a text lesson, take a related quiz to follow up, and participate in three fun hands-on activities to reinforce newly learned material.

Learning Objectives

After studying this lesson, your students will be able to:

  • Describe some of the disappearances that have taken place in the Bermuda Triangle
  • Explain where the Bermuda Triangle is located and point it out on a map
  • State some of the theories as to why these disappearances have happened

Length

1-1.5 Hours

Materials

Key Vocabulary

  • Caribbean Sea
  • Flight 19
  • Gulf Stream
  • Magnetism
  • Methane Gas
  • USS Cyclops

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.1

Cite specific textual evidence to support analysis of primary and secondary sources.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.2

Determine the central ideas or information of a primary or secondary source; provide an accurate summary of the source distinct from prior knowledge or opinions.

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.4

Determine the meaning of words and phrases as they are used in a text, including vocabulary specific to domains related to history/social studies.

Instructions

  • Inform your students they will be learning about the mysterious Bermuda Triangle.
  • Ask your students if anyone is familiar with the region or has been there.
  • Display a globe and point to the region, which is in the Caribbean Sea.
  • Review the key vocabulary terms.
  • Read the introduction of the text lesson Bermuda Triangle: History, Mystery, & Theories and the first section 'The Bermuda Triangle.'
    • What three causes did ancient sailors believe was behind disappearances at sea?
    • In what sea is the Bermuda Triangle located?
    • How vast is this region in square miles?
    • What U.S. state and two countries are the three vertices of the Bermuda Triangle?
    • Who coined the term 'Bermuda Triangle?' When?
  • Next read the section 'Notable Disappearances.'
    • What year did the USS Cyclops disappear?
    • What year did the 'Lost Squadron' disappear?
  • Now read the section 'Theories.'
    • What are some of the theories about the disappearances?
  • Next read the section 'The Methane Gas Explosion.'
    • What does this theory suggest?
  • Now read the section 'Magnetism.'
    • To where do compasses align in the Bermuda Triangle?
    • Why is this unusual?
  • Now read the section 'The Gulf Stream.'
    • What would probably happen to shipwrecks in this region?
  • Next read the section 'Human Error.'
    • What did librarian Larry Kusche do in 1975?
    • What did his findings suggest?
  • Lastly, read the section 'Lesson Summary', recap the entire lesson, and have your students take the lesson quiz.

Activity One

  • Inform your students they will be having a fun debate.
  • Divide them up into six small groups.
    • Group One, you will be Team Human Error.
    • Group Two, you will be Team Magnetism.
    • Group Three, you will be Team Methane Gas Theory.
    • Group Four, you will be Team Sea Monsters.
    • Group Five, you will be Team Aliens.
    • Group Six, you will be Team Atlantis.
  • Now have the groups meet together to research as much as they can on the Internet about their candidate.
  • Lastly, each group shall nominate a spokesperson to give a presentation to the class.
  • Now you can debate why your candidate is better than the other five. At this point, anyone in the class can raise their hand to chime in with a valid point.
  • Finally, tell your class there is no clear winner in this debate, as these are all just unproven theories.

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