March 20, 2012

Titanic Notebooking Pages

The past two weeks have been Titanic-mania around here.  The kids started obsessing over the movie when they saw the preview during some other movie we watched.  Then Joe started learning the song on the piano.  Things just snowballed until they were foaming at the mouth for more details about the Titanic.

We checked out every book the library has on it and the kids have taken those books everywhere we go, reading them constantly.  I asked if they are still learning anything new or not, since there's only so much to learn and it's been 2 weeks, but they say they are, so on they go!

I looked up notebooking pages for the Titanic and I didn't find any free printables.  That kind of surprised me.  So of course I made my own, and since the work is done, I figured I'd go ahead and share those here for free in case anyone else is searching for some.  It's a pretty popular area of study, so I'm sure someone else can use them.  Here's the link to the Google Docs page.

The first three slides are notebooking pages for Isador Strauss, Ben Guggenheim, and John Jacob Astor.

  Slides 4 and 5 are math related.  Our ink cartridge ran out, so don't use that picture as an indicator of page quality.  The first one is for figuring up how many people could be saved with the number of lifeboats on board and how many life boats would have been needed to save everyone. 

The second math slide tells the prices of the different tickets and has the student use inflation rates to calculate what the ticket prices would be today.  I found a million different inflation rates, so I just went with one in the middle.

Slide 6 is based on the book Pig on the Titanic, a true story of a musical pig used by a fashion designer to keep kids on the lifeboats calm during the chaos. 

Slides 7 and 8 are on Marconi Operators and Morse Code.  Lots in interesting information on this in the books and in documentaries.  There are reports of the operators spending more time sending and receiving messages for the 1st class passengers than attending to iceberg warnings, and while there's no way to know if that's true, it certainly is fascinating.  The top pages shows morse code and the kids are going to pretend to be 1st class passengers and write a note to friends at home to be sent by the Marconi operators.  The second is a place to write about the actual people, one of whom survived, and what their job was like.

The final slide, not pictured, is a graphic organizer with the Titanic at the center and 6 bubbles for writing contributing factors to the sinking of the unsinkable ship.  This is based on the Nat Geo film that you can watch in full here.  This show has people go back and look at testimony of survivors and examine pieces brought up to the surface to consider reasons for the sinking.  Pretty cool show.  The kids watched it over breakfast yesterday and it sparked conversation for the rest of the day.  Anyway, in the last couple of minutes of the show, they recap with a list of factors that contributed to the sinking and that's what this slide is for.  As I mentioned, we ran out of ink, and so Hannah Jane just drew her own version and we went from there.

 Another activity that we did was to count out grains of rice to represent how many people were on board and how many survived.  This was an interesting task.  It was a chance to break a large number like 2,228 into base ten subsets by rounding up, knocking off a zero, and making that many groups of ten.  So we got to examine the inner workings of a base ten system as well as get a visual of just how many 2,228 actually is.  Everyone sat quietly counting out groups of ten grains of rice into piles and as I added a pile to the bowl, I also added a tally mark to the board.  They wore out after just 48 groups and we need 223 groups, so we're going to spend a little time each day counting out groups of ten until it's done.

We've used the van odometer to see just how many lamp posts long the Titanic was, but I think we'll build one of those measuring wheels (I can't remember what they're called at the moment) and mark off the size in the pasture if we can.  If not, I suppose we'll mark it off along the road.

So that's it for Titanic!  Hopefully they'll be ready to move back to the Revolutionary War by next week.  But when they love something this much, I just have to indulge!

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