The Lost Jewels of the Titanic
On April 10, 1912, the luxury steamship the RMS Titanic set sail from Southampton, England to New York City with 2,240 passengers. The wealthiest of these passengers was John Jacob Astor IV. Mr. Astor was carrying precious jewels with him across the Atlantic to deliver to his wife. The jewels were said to be worth more than $10 million. Many of the passengers knew of Mr. Astor and his jewels. On the night of April 15, 1912 the RMS Titanic collided with an ice berg causing major damage to the ship’s vessel. The ship was going down fast and there were only enough life boats for about half of the Titanic’s passengers. As Mr. Astor hustled to grab his belongings to run to a life boat, he realized that his precious jewels were missing from his personal safe. This 100 year old mystery has never been solved and your class has been assigned to crack the case. Can you use the clues to solve this 100 year old mystery?
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Are you ready to watch your student engagement skyrocket?! Students will work together to solve the mystery AND practice a variety of academic skills including; inferencing, critical thinking, problem solving, reading comprehension, and much more! The material is so fun and engaging, students won’t even know they are actually learning! This activity can be used anytime of year and is a fantastic way to get students excited about learning.
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What is included?
- Teacher setup instructions with detailed information about each page
- Different ways to play the game
- Graphic Organizer Breakdown
- Inference Sentence Frames
- Mystery introduction
- 25 clues to solve the mystery
- 6 different graphic organizers to choose from!
- Answer key
- Discussion Questions
- Access to the Digital Mystery
- Graphic organizer with example
What skills will we be working on?
There are so many different skills that students will be working on, that it would be impossible to list them all, but here are a few:
- Team building
- Problem solving
- Reading comprehension
- Critical thinking
What materials do I need?
- Paper and ink to print materials
- Just print and go!
What do I need for the digital mystery?
- Access to the internet
- Access to Google Sites
- Access to Google Forms
PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR STUDENTS HAVE ACCESS TO GOOGLE SITES
If you are doing the digital mystery, there are a few things you’ll need to do before you get started. I highly suggest you TEST THE LINK on a student device to see whether or not they have access to the site. Go through the mystery and see how it would look to a student. If you do not have access to Google Sites, you may need to contact your district or school’s IT department for further assistance.
How much time will this activity take?
I would reserve approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours for this activity. This depends on your class and how you implement the game