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Producing Scientific Explanations On The Sinking Of The Titanic At Key Stage 3 With Snapshot Science
The sinking of the Titanic in April 1912 has created an enduring fascination and interest in the ship and the fate of the people onboard. Sunday 15 April 2012 marked one hundred years since the ship sank after striking an iceberg in the Atlantic Ocean on her maiden voyage. Given a significant anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic has been reached, many teaching and learning ideas based on the ship and events surrounding it can be found. This free teaching resource consists of a lesson idea and teacher resources for Key Stage 3 Science focused on developing scientific explanations.
Lesson Outlines Explaining the Sinking of the Titanic
Snapshot Science provides a lesson outline for secondary school teachers that encourages pupils to explain the sinking of the Titanic by considering the forces that were involved. This free teaching idea aims to move pupils’ thinking away from a simple explanation of the ship hitting and iceberg to how such an event can lead to the sinking of a ship and how heavy objects manage to float. KS3 teachers may find that this is useful for revising work on forces or a lesson where pupils apply their scientific knowledge and understanding.
Titanic Animations and PowerPoints
A GCI animation of the Titanic sinking is provided as a free education resource on the website and this can be use by KS3 teachers to engage pupils in discussion about how it sank and consider the forces involved. There is also a free PowerPoint resource for teachers. This outlines the qualities of scientific explanations at different National Curriculum levels. Secondary teachers can use this to support their lesson delivery, assessment of the pupils’ work as well as a resource for self-assessment by pupils.
This is a useful resource for KS3 teachers who teach Science and worth looking at and considering how it could be used as part of teaching and learning in the current curriculum.