BOWIE, MD—To mark the 100th anniversary of the Titanic’s maiden voyage across the Atlantic Ocean, students from Heather Hills Elementary School have explored the ship’s fate as part of a year-long history project.
Fourth- and fifth-grade students in teacher Michael Etheredge’s class have used poetry, drama, novel form, biography and historical research in delving into the story of the Titanic during language arts and social studies classes. The students will wear period costume when they view the National Geographic Museum exhibit, “Titanic: 100 Years Obsession” on an April 10 field trip.
“Some stories embody so many themes that the students can focus on and understand the world through,” said Etheredge. “The idea that this technological marvel, called "unsinkable," would sink on its first voyage, is one of those. I hope the kids have become intrigued as I have always been about studying our past – what events happened before us, so we can better understand who we are today. The sinking of ‘Titanic’ truly is a window into another world.”
The students’ work is featured in the hallways at the school, located at 12605 Heming Lane in Bowie.