Titanic Activities for Elementary School

Instructor: Rachel Tustin

Dr. Rachel Tustin has a PhD in Education focusing on Educational Technology, a Masters in English, and a BS in Marine Science. She has taught in K-12 for more than 15 years, and higher education for ten years.

When we think of the Titanic, most of us think of the history and stories of those who died or survived that fateful night in 1912. However, there is a great deal of science and math that can come into teaching about Titanic as well.

Lessons from Titanic

The sinking of the RMS Titanic on April 15, 1912, was a dark moment in history. Most of us associate it with thousands of deaths and a colossal failure in engineering. Despite its darkness, moments like these can be used to teach not only history but science and math as well. There are many activities you can use that address the science behind the RMS Titanic and her flaws while showing respect for those who died aboard the ship that night.

Titanic Role Playing

Titanic role-playing can be a meaningful way to get students beyond the statistics behind the fateful events of 1912 and get them into the history of the people. Everyone on the Titanic had stories to tell, from how they came to be on the Titanic to whether or not they died when it sank.

Materials:

  • Collect stories of RMS Titanic passengers, which are available online. Try to keep their stories short, about a paragraph each.
  • Cards with the name of each person whose story you intend to use in the activity

Michel (age 4) and Edmond (age 2) survived the sinking as small children
survivors

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