Willis Road students complete research project on Titanic

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Teacher Leanne Cheatham’s students at Willis Road Elementary are shown in their costumes from the Titanic-style luncheon. From left are Austin Chastain, T.J. Fulford, Glenn Sherrer, Antony Gonzalez, Dallas Vinyard, Eli Corley, Mrs. Cheathm, Jeremiah Mateen, Salvador Medina, Sean Culpepper, Blake Kurtz, Erik Ellison, Theo Krajewski, Matthew Rogers, Kellen Porter, Hao Huang, Justin Kantorcyzk, and Chaz Crawford.

Fourth-graders in the class of teacher Leanne Cheatham at Willis Road Elementary School recently concluded a lengthy research project on the ship Titanic with their very own Titanic-style luncheon.

Cheatham’s reading class began their unit by reading the historical fiction book “I Survived the Sinking of the Titanic” by Lauren Tarshis. Students then researched the history of the Titanic, and each student was given a passenger to explore. 

Students integrated technology into their projects by creating PowerPoint presentations that demonstrated what their passengers’ Twitter accounts may have included and the tweets that they may have sent during the voyage. 

The culminating activity was a luncheon complete with students dressed as their 1912 Titanic passengers along with an heirloom trunk that belonged to a student’s ancestors. Fortunately the ancestors had wagon troubles and missed the sailing of the Titanic.



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