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Were your chances of surviving the sinking of the Titanic better if you were a first-class passenger? Capture learners' attention with actual historical data to find the answer. They use two-way tables to calculate conditional and unconditional probability. A great way to incorporate a little history into your math lesson.
Was the Titanic advertised as an unsinkable ship, or was it just what the public believed? In this analysis activity, historians examine both primary and secondary sources to determine the answer to this question and the reliability of the various sources. Students are prompted to label each source as primary or secondary, and make a final, educated guess as to which theory seems best supported overall.
Young scholars discuss possible reasons for the Titanic sinking. They are split into small groups to research a historical figure involved in the sinking of the Titanic. They formulate a way to prove their characters guilt or innocence. Students participate in a class debate.
Students observe pictures of the Titanic sailing and at the bottom of the ocean. They hypothesize the cause of the Titanic tragedy and engage in deeper questioning while one student writes responses on the board. They then work in groups to gather evidence to support or refute their hypotheses.
Students study the Titanic disaster. In this research skills instructional activity, students watch "Turmoil in 20th Century Europe," and then discuss how experts have provided the public information about the disaster. Students research the disaster and design scrapbooks that feature their findings.