Reflection: Lesson Planning Why Did the Titanic Sink?-Applying the Concept of Density - Section 1: Opening


When I heard my students talking about the Titanic during our lessons on buoyancy, I just knew I needed to tap into their enthusiasm.  This lesson gave the students the opportunity to explore the what happened to the Titanic while learning about density.  The students were immediately hooked when I pulled out the Titanic book at the beginning of the lesson.

There are lots of ways that the concept of density can be taught, but I think it was a smart move to use the Titanic as a basis for a lesson.  The kids were so excited and it was great to give them exposure to a simulation.  There is also one more important reason why this was a great topic for a lesson.  The students had the opportunity to see how science works in our every day life.  It is not just contained to the classroom or a science lab.  Science is all around us!

In the future, I am going to look for more opportunities to make real-world connections in my science lessons.  My students are extremely motivated to learn more about science, so I want to build on that by giving them opportunity to apply this thinking to all areas of their life. 



  Tapping into Student Interest
  Lesson Planning: Tapping into Student Interest
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Why Did the Titanic Sink?-Applying the Concept of Density

Unit 6: Sink or Swim
Lesson 7 of 11

Objective: Students will be able to apply concepts of density by participating in a simulation activity.

Big Idea: The story of the Titanic is one that interests and captivates students. This lesson expands students understanding of density as they learn the "why" behind the Titanic sinking.

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Science, Science Skills, history, density
  40 minutes
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