Although the movie was absolutely epic, there are more reasons they should learn about the Titanic. These free resources for learning about the Titanic will help your kids understand why.
Scouring through the internet for facts about the Titanic was quite a feat. There had to be over 1,000 facts all about the Titanic and what was going on around that time period
This makes the titanic a dynamic topic to study as so many topics can be covered by doing so. From learning about timelines to geography and math, studying the Titanic provides a great unit to explore them all and then some.
One of our favorite things to do with our units is learning cool facts that help my kids remember the topic and to keep them engaged.
Here are some facts about the Titanic to give your homeschool a head start:
- It took three years to build the Titanic, starting in March 1909. By April 1912, the Titanic began it’s very first voyage.
- The Titanic was 269 meters long (882 feet) or approximately the length of three football fields. It was 28 meters (91 feet) wide -at the widest point- and was 53 meters (173 feet) high from the top of the bridge to the keel. It literally was the largest moving vessel in the entire world, land, or sea.
- It’s the first voyage was schedule from Southampton in England to New York in America.
- There were three classes of people on the Titanic, first-class (the rich), second-class (middle-class like businessmen, tourists, etc.) Then there were the third-class passengers who were poor and mainly were emigrating to America.
- This fact just hurts. The Titanic was originally advertised as being the “unsinkable” ship. How ironic? Unfortunately, it didn’t take into account the margin of error that was striking an iceberg in the North Sea.
- Water came rushing in after the collision and within 3 hours the ship was completely submerged in the water. Around 1,500 people went down with the ship.
OK, now some facts, and some really sad facts, that my kids found interesting:
- The actual shipwreck sits on the seabed about 3,780 meters (12,600 feet) below the water’s surface. The wreck was only discovered just in 1985, more than 70 years after the incident.
- The Titanic needed 600 tons of coal every day to power it.
- The musicians, who actually did play while it was sinking, played for the first-class passengers and had to learn to play 352 songs by heart. None of the band members survived.
- It only took 37 seconds between the time the iceberg was spotted to the time of the collision.
- There were nine dogs aboard the Titanic and two of them survived.
- It cost $7.5 million to build the Titanic. In today’s currency that equates to 400 million dollars. That is ridiculous.
- It was about 12 am to 2 am at the time of the tragedy. The sky would have been pitch black and it would have had freezing waters (28.4 degrees Fahrenheit/-2 degrees Celsius).
- The last living survivor of the Titanic died in 2009, she was only 2 months old when the incident occurred.
We can go on for days but let’s stop there, and explore these free resources for learning about the Titanic:
Learn All About the Titanic (FREE Printable Pack) | Simple Living Creative Learning
Titanic Worksheet FREE Superpack! | History on the Net
FREE Titanic Timeline Printable | Starts at Eight
Historical Fiction – The Titanic | Starts at Eight
Titanic Facts for Children and Teachers | PlanBee
20 Titanic Study Resources | Meagan Gets Real
Titanic Facts & FREE Worksheets | kidskonnect
9 Resources for Teaching & Learning About the Titanic | FREE Teach for Teachers
FREE Teacher’s Guide: Titanic | KidsDiscover
Titanic Lessons, Experiments, Activities, And More! | Teaching With a Mountain View
FREE Titanic Reading Comprehension Packet | Primary Junction
Learning about the Titanic with young children | Jennifer’s Little World
Titanic Online FREE Scavenger Hunt | Teach Without Tears
FREE Titanic Lesson Plans, Titanic Themes, Titanic Printouts, Titanic Clipart | The Teacher’s Guide
Titanic Unit Study and Activity Round-Up | The Multi-Taskin’ Mom
Open Article – Titanic Lesson Plans and Ideas | The Homeschool Magazine
Titanic Sank April 15 – FREE History Cards | Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus
Titanic Lesson Plans, Games, Powerpoints | Mr Donn World History
Cause and Effect: The Titanic FREE Worksheet | Education.com
TITANIC: Teaching Ideas and Resources | Ultimate Titanic
Cool Titanic Facts for Kids | Cool Kid Facts
FREE Titanic Coloring Pages | Cool to B Kids
Titanic Facts History in Numbers | Titanic Facts
Remembering the Titanic | National Geographic
Titanic Facts, Timeline, and More | The School Run
Activities to go alongside your Titanic Lessons:
Titanic Activities for Children FREE Printables | ThoughtCo.
A Titanic Interactive Unit | Caffeinated and Creative
Titanic Science – Make An Iceberg | Science-Sparks
How to draw the Titanic (Video) | Art for All
Another good thing to point out to kids are some good safety measures that were put into place following the Titanic’s tragic sinking. The International Convention for the Safety of Life at Sea (SOLAS Convention) came together after the sinking and revamped the laws and regulations on ships’ safety.
For instance, an Ice Patrol was set up to be on 24-hour watch during voyages through international waters. Excessive speeds had to be reduced when ice was spotted to moderate speeds or the ship’s course had to be altered. Crew members received more training, the number of lifeboats had to carry all passengers, and so much more that we thankfully adhere to this day.
Jeannette is a wife, mother and homeschooling mom. She has been mightily, saved by grace and is grateful for God’s sovereignty throughout her life’s journey. She has a Bachelor in English Education and her MBA. Jeannette is bi-lingual and currently lives in the Tongan Islands of the South Pacific. She posts daily freebies for homeschoolers!