This past weekend marked the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. The R.M.S. Titanic was a British luxury ocean liner that sank in the North Atlantic after sideswiping an iceberg on its maiden voyage in April of 1912. In preparation for this tragic event, National Geographic Education has developed a collection of materials to help you teach about the Titanic in your classroom.
Ocean Exploration Timeline– Use the Ocean Exploration Timeline to see how both the sinking and discovery of the Titanic relate to and influence important events, discoveries and inventions in the history of underwater exploration.
VIDEO: Undercover History: Titanic–
Learn the amazing truth behind Robert Ballard’s discovery of the R.M.S.
Titanic. Discover how Robert Ballard used the knowledge he gained on a
secret naval mission to locate the Titanic.
Sinking of the Titanic– Use this special collection of graphics, maps, and primary source documents to take students on a visual journey of the disaster. Download an illustration from National Geographic magazine to show students the details of how the ship sank to the ocean floor. Examine a map of the Titanic’s voyage and compare it to a chart about the frequency of icebergs in the North Atlantic in April.
Use the MapMaker Interactive to teach about the conditions of the water on the night the Titanic sank. Turn different thematic layers on and off to show differences in summer and winter currents and sea surface temperatures in the North Atlantic.
If you’re traveling to Washington, D.C. between now and July 8, be sure to visit the exhibition Titanic: 100 Year Obsession at the National Geographic Museum while you’re here.