Thursday, March 22, 2012

Titanic Educational Resources for Teachers, Parents and Kids

With the 100th anniversary of the Titanic disaster approaching, I decided to do a little research online to locate educational websites and resources on the Titanic. There's no doubt about it that this ship, this disaster, this part of our history still fascinates both children and adults. The sinking is often referred to as the the greatest maritime disaster in history. But is the Titanic an appropriate topic for children to study? The Associated Press recently released a timely article, "Titanic a magnet for kids, fine line for educators" detailing how some educators and parents balance the tragic details when presenting information about the Titanic to children.

I was a student in middle school when Dr. Ballard discovered the wreck of the Titanic in 1985. At that time, books on the disaster became widely available, and I found reading about the discovery and the ship extremely interesting. Today, there are even more Titanic resources available for children. As with all sensitive topics, some kids will be able to handle more detailed information than others. If you do decide to talk about the disaster with your kids this April, I hope you'll find this list of online resources useful.

Titanic Activity and Discussion Guides / Lesson Plans for Educators
Titanic Science Teacher Activity Guide [pdf]
Titanic related science activities and experiments for kids

Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition Teacher's Guide [pdf]
Extensive lesson plans, activities and resources for Elementary, Middle Grade and High School (correlates with the Titanic: The Artifact Exhibition but if even if you can't visit, you can still use many of the lessons)

Ghosts of The Abyss Educator's Guide [pdf]
Companion guide to James Cameron's film, Ghosts of the Abyss. Activities are designed for use by students in grades 5-8.

NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration - Return to Titanic Expedition lesson plans [pdf]
Lesson plans tied to the RMS Titanic 2004 Wreck Expedition focusing on shipwrecks, biodeterioration and marine archaeology. For grades 5-12.

Titanica IMAX Film Educator Guide [pdf]
Educational supplement to the film, Titanica. For junior and senior high.

Titanic Educator Guide - North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences [pdf]
Nicely designed guide with seven learning activities encompassing history, geography, science, English and math. Grades 4-12.

Magic Tree House Titanic - Teacher's Resource Guide and Activities

Website includes classroom connections and downloadable activity pages for use with the Titanic Magic Tree House books

Scholastic's Dear America Series: Voyage on the Great Titanic Teacher Resources
Discussion Guide, downloadables and whiteboard slides for use with the Titanic Dear America series book

T is for Titanic: A Titanic Alphabet
Companion guide to picture book, T is for Titanic by Sleeping Bear Press

National Geographic Explorer April 2012 Teacher's Guide and Digital Edition
Includes "Unsinkable Ship" portion about the Titanic (pages T17-T24) available as a pdf

The Titanic Unit Study - Homeschool Helper Online
Six home assignments encompassing math, language arts, history and science. Includes a library book list.

Titanic Coloring Pages coloring pages of the Titanic

twinkl The Titanic Colouring Posters (click the download button for pdf)

Informational Websites:
Extensive website containing Titanic passenger and crew biographies, information about the ship, Titanic pictures, articles and ongoing discussions about the Titanic disaster
National Museums Northern Ireland Titanic Website offers a treasure trove of information focusing on the design and build of the ship as well as personal stories and many photographs and videos
Father Browne SJ Photographic Collection - Father Browne was a first class passenger on the Titanic from Southampton to Cobh. This picture library shows his photographs, one of the most important collections of images from the Titanic's maiden voyage.
The National Archives (UK) informational website includes a selection of images as well as a timeline, passenger stories, videos, podcasts and education resources
RMS Titanic, Inc, a subsidiary of Premier Exhibitions, Inc has recovered over 5,500 artifact during research expeditions. The website provides information on traveling exhibits and artifacts. Explore the wreck site with the interactive photos and videos available in Expedition Titanic section.
Immersion Learning, a nonprofit science education organization, offers a nice "Return to the Titanic" online page as well as pages about other ocean related topics. Don't miss the neat Titanic themed games. View the links section in Return to the Titanic for other Titanic website recommendations.

PBS Lost Liners website includes information presented by Dr. Robert Ballard about five lost liner archaeological expeditions: Lusitania, Titanic, Empress of Ireland, Britannic and Andrea Doria.

Interactive Websites and Games
Mapping Shipwrecks! - Immersion Learning
Arrange images to make a photomosaic of a shipwreck then zoom in to explore the wreck. One of the shipwrecks featured is RMS Titanic.

Titanic Moviemaker - Immersion Learning
Combine video clips of Titanic and the wreck to create your own movie.

Adventure on the Titanic - Interactive Game - National Geographic
In this strategic online game, survival is all about choices. Journey aboard the Titanic as a first-class passenger and complete quest cards while exploring the decks to gain clout. Click on the "White Star" flag emblems during the game to learn more about actual people and places on the Titanic.

On Board The Titanic -
"Follow the paths of actual passengers with Macromedia Flash movies."

Titanic Interactive -
"Explore the Titanic, with interactive features about its construction, its ill-fated maiden voyage and the survivors who lived to tell the tale."

A Titanic Timeline, 1909-2012 [Interactive] - Scientific American
Scroll and click timeline showing key moments in Titanic history.

Treachery on the Titanic -
"A treasure hunt game designed to teach the facts about the Titanic disaster." Players must answer questions by clicking on links leading to other websites. The game is rather lengthy and sends you to outside webpages. It also contains an image of a character with a gun.

Morse Code Translator
Type in a message and listen to it play in Morse Code. Options for "Text to Morse" or "Morse to Text"

Boys' Life Morse Code Machine
Test out your Morse code skills with two games: "Listen and Guess" or "Morse the Letter" in this Boys' Life online game

2012 Titanic TV Shows (Check local listings for possible time changes)
Saving the Titanic
Airs Sunday, April 1 at 10:00 p.m. ET on PBS
"Historical drama that tells the untold story of the self-sacrifice and bravery of the ship’s engineers, stokers and firemen in the face of impending death."

Titanic: The Final Word with James Cameron
Airs Sunday, April 8 at 8 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel
"Join director and Explorer-in-Residence, James Cameron, with a team of Titanic experts, for the ultimate forensic investigation into the most infamous shipwreck of all time."

Save the Titanic With Bob Ballard
Airs Monday, April 9 at 10 p.m. ET/PT on National Geographic Channel
"Oceanographer and Explorer-in-Residence Bob Ballard revisits the iconic ship he discovered in 1985, driven by one question—will the Titanic survive another 100 years?"

The Titanic with Len Goodman
Airs Tuesday, April 10 at 8:00 p.m. ET on PBS
Len Goodman, the Dancing with the Stars judge, was previously a welder in the 1960's for Harland and Woolf (the same company that built the Titanic in 1912). "He explores the impact of the sinking on the thousands of affected families."

Titanic (ABC TV Mini Series) -
Airs Saturday, April 14 (8:00-11:00 p.m., ET) and concludes SUNDAY, April 15 (9:00-10:00 p.m., ET) on ABC
Mark the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic by watching this dramatic four-part miniseries written by "Downton Abbey" creator Julian Fellowes.
Visit for detailed information on this series.

NOVA Why Ships Sink
Airs Wednesday, April 18 at 9:00 p.m. ET on PBS
"Investigates the safety of cruise ships and questions whether passengers are safe at sea a century later."

Recommended Subject Searches for Library Holdings:
Titanic (Steamship)
Titanic (Steamship)--Fiction
Titanic (Steamship)--Juvenile fiction
Titanic (Steamship)--Juvenile Literature
Shipwrecks--North Atlantic Ocean
Shipwrecks--North Atlantic Ocean--Juvenile Literature
Ocean liners
Underwater archaeology


Natalie PlanetSmarty said...

What a neat treasury of resources. I also hope that your daughter is healthy again.

Jen said...

Wow- what an amazing list of resources. It is fascinating, but even as an adult I was sensitive to the topic at hand when I watched the movie. I think my daughter would be interested in learning more about it. (my almost 10 year old- she loves history)

Aimee said...

Great list! My son got really into the Titanic a few years ago. He loved the magic tree house guide. :)

Jackie Higgins said...

When I taught 5th grade we did a fun titanic theme. The kids got so into it! This is a great resource. Can't wait to check some of it out. Even though my kids aren't old enough for it, it fascinates me.

Books4Learning said...

This list is wonderful. I linked it with one of my posts reviewing a book on the Titanic. Thanks for sharing.