|Here are just a few of my Titanic buckets of supplies! See that big metal rod on the top? I use that to show students how thick the steel plates on the ship were. It’s HEAVY! Not pictured are my dozens and dozens of Titanic books that we use throughout the study!|
First, we make a Titanic waterfall book to record all of our fascinating information about the Titanic. We keep this handy the whole time we are working on our unit.
Throughout our study of the Titanic, they fill in their waterfall booklets with pertinent information, glue pictures and maps in, write questions, then go on book and web quests to find their answers. These are always well-loved and bursting with information by the time we are done. We have always just created our own using large pieces of construction paper, but after many requests, I also added a printable one to my Titanic Bundle.
Then, we construct foil boats and see who can make the sturdiest boat. You can use marbles or pennies to see which boats can withhold the most weight. We talk about what keeps a ship afloat and the characteristics of the sturdy and not-so-sturdy boats we built.
After we have had some fun with foil boats, we do a little water displacement experiment. I fill a mini loaf pan full to the brim with water and place it into a larger foil dish pan. It has to be RIGHT at the edge, or the experiment won’t work. Then, I get a block or a piece of wood (the heavier the better) and place it in. Of course, water pours over the age of the mini pan. In theory, if you weigh the water that is displaced, it should weigh the same amount as the piece of wood that you put in. This help them understand the science beyond water displacement and why ships can stay afloat.
Next, we talk about buoyancy and how it relates to the Titanic. They start by dropping a ball of play dough (DON’T USE CLAY! It’s too messy.) in water. It sinks. Then, they use the play dough to form a boat and make it float. You can use the recording sheet for free HERE to go through the experiment with your students.
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|I love that this student took note of only three of the steam stacks being functional!|