I am sure you are all aware that it is the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic this year! What a great opportunity to use primary sources, creative writing and even science around a topic that inspires curiosity in all of us! My kiddos are so into the Titanic that I have been buying up books on Amazon, looking for resources on-line and basically making myself crazy! On Scholastic’s website, there are some Titanic model building kits ($8 each) and loads of great books. We created timelines, fact or fiction posters (one of my students’ favorite activities), and artifacts using model magic.
A fact or fiction poster is pretty easy to make on ANY TOPIC! You need a sheet of 9 x 12 paper and 9 post-it notes (of any color). The students then write a fact or fiction sentence on the post-it note. On the paper underneath the post-it note, they write “fact” and give more information OR they write “fiction” and tell what the fictional statement should say. A great way to give kids loads of choice and to make an interactive bulletin board display!