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Titanic lesson

Principal Caporta dressed as the iceberg that sunk the Titanic along with students in Mrs. Hayes’ class.

Students at Red Mill learned all about the Titanic during a recent lesson that brought together curriculum from social studies, science, math and English language arts.

Fourth grade teacher Misty Hayes arranged the desks in her classroom in the shape of the Titanic, the famed ocean liner that hit an iceberg and sunk in the Atlantic Ocean on April 14, 1912, while on its way to New York City.

To make the lesson even more engaging, each student was given an identity from someone onboard the ship that fateful evening to personalize the historical event. And Principal John Caporta served as the iceberg, draped in a white sheet of paper, to simulate the disastrous moment.

“This unit was cross curriculum,” Mrs. Hayes said, “tying together social studies on immigration, the science behind its buoyancy, math in determining the timeline of events and stats of the ship, ELA and writing by connecting ourselves to individual passengers through research, and many more lessons that made this incredible maiden voyage worth the trip.”