STEM: Designing Lifeboats & Lifejackets for Titanic CCSS
This is a great hands on unit for 3-5 students that is aligned with ELA & Math CCSS, and Next Generation Science Standards for Engineering & Design. Students will read or be learning about the history of the Titanic, and then will design better lifeboats, and test different materials for an insulated lifejackets.

3.MD.B.3, 4.MD.B.4, 5.MD.B.2, 3.G.A.1, 4.G.A.3, 5.G.B.3, RI.3.10, RI.4.10, RI.5.10, W.3.1, W.4.1, W.5.1

***Please note additional materials are needed for this activity***
Straws, duct tape, tin foils, 100-200 pennies or other coins, ziploc bags (large and/or sandwich size), ice cubes, cotton balls, Crisco, plastic spoons, bubble wrap, sponges, water, plastic bowls or plastic boxes, Mercury thermometers.

This packet includes:
Cover Page
Introduction and Objective Page
3 pages of ELA, Math and Next Generation Science Standards for 3-5
Lesson Procedures
2 Informational Texts
Symmetry Activity for Lifeboat Design
1st and Final Design for Lifeboats
Lifeboat Self Assessment
Insulation Graph
Insulation Experiment Explanation
Insulation Temperature Line Plot
Insulation Temperature Line Plot Questions
Insulation Materials Description Cards
Overall Reflection
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Created: Feb 25, 2016

Updated: Feb 22, 2018


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