This week, my class finished up our study of the Titanic. (With all the water flowing around here for the past two weeks, it was the perfect setting!) This is one of the kids favorite units of study all year and I always try to time it to end around April 15th (the date the Titanic sank). I don't know about your class, but it is taking a bit more effort to motivate them these days, and this project does the trick! I think it is the perfect project to link up with Joanne at Head Over Heels for Teaching for her Spark Saturday linky party.
I have gathered lots and lots of resources on the Titanic and it seems like I never teach the unit the same way twice. This year, I added a very fun writing project that I adapted from Scholastic where the students researched, wrote, and published a front page newspaper about the Titanic.
Because we have been studying informational reading and writing, the teams also had to decide the text structure they would use to write their article. They could choose from descriptive, cause and effect or sequence. They also had to have three headings in their article and at least three other text features on their front page (map, caption, chart, graph, etc.).
I was very excited when one of the students asked if he could go online to find some advertisements from 1912 that he could add to his front page. This quickly spread and soon everyone was adding an advertisement (which is very appropriate for a newspaper.) This also led to some great discussions about what the society of 1912 valued most as seen from the newspaper ads of the time. Here is one of the favorites that someone found:
Here are some pics of the finished products. I think they look GREAT!!
On another note, Jen at Runde's Room is having a sale at her TPT store this weekend to help support a friend of hers whose son has just been diagnosed with cancer. She is donating profits from her sales this weekend to this family as they begin their battle against this beast. Why not head over to TPT and gather up some of Jen's goodies for yourself and send some love her way? See you there!