Content area: Disasters Unit
Subject area: Social Studies
The R.M.S. Titanic: How was life different aboard
the grandest ship in the world for high, middle, and low social classes?
Hello grade fives! Today we are learning
about the different social classes that were onboard the R.M.S. Titanic on its maiden voyage in 1912. Your task is to complete
the questions below using information from different websites. Please use complete sentences and
To learn more about the happenings onboard the
R.M.S. Titanic before its tragic sinking, visit the links provided with each part. (eg. Part
A: R.M.S. Titanic, Inc)
A: Use this site to answer the following questions:
1. When did the maiden
voyage of the Titanic begin?
a) How much did a
first-class ticket cost in 1912?
b) How much would
that cost today?
3. Who was the most
famous couple onboard the R.M.S. Titanic? (Don’t forget the Roman numerals!)
4. List three things
that children in First Class could do for fun onboard the R.M.S Titanic.
5. List two things
the children in Third Class could do for fun onboard the R.M.S Titanic.
Part B: This is where
it gets tougher! Keep your eyes peeled for the right information! Use this site to answer the following questions.
1. How many people
were there in:
a) First class?
b) Second class?
c) Third class?
2. How many courses
were served at a first-class dinner?
3. Name three things
that were served a first-class dinner, three things that were served at a second-class dinner, and three things that were
served at a third-class dinner:
4. What were the
main reasons for the people in first class to be traveling to America? second class? third class?
4. How much did a
third-class ticket cost? How much did a second-class ticket cost?
Third class ticket:
Second class ticket:
Part C: Use this site to answer the following questions.
1. How many exits
were there available for the third class to get to the upper decks? Were they unlocked?
2. At 12:00 AM, what
did Captain Smith order Third Officer Pitman to do? Why did he ask Pitman to take guards with him?
Use this site for the following questions:
3. Who was Molly
Brown (brief description)? How did she help survivors onboard the Carpathia?
4. How did Molly
Brown earn the nickname “Unsinkable”?
Part D: Use this site to answer these questions about who survived and who perished during the sinking of the R.M.S. Titanic. Remember to read each
1. In total, how
many passengers and crew were lost when the Titanic sank?
2. In total, how
many first-class passengers were saved? How many were lost?
3. In total, how
many second-class passengers were saved? How many were lost?
4. In total, how
many third-class passengers were saved? How many were lost?
5. How many children
from third class died? How many from first-class died? Be sure to read footnote under the chart!
Part E: Reflection:
Using the information
you have gathered, answer the following questions (minimum three sentences per answer to get full marks!)
1. Do you think that
it was fair that people in first class were able to get to lifeboats more quickly and efficiently than those in the third
class? Why or why not?
2. Do you think that
the conditions in ‘steerage’ (third class) were unfair? If you could, would you change the conditions? If so,
what would you do?
3. At 12:00 AM, Captain Smith order Third Officer Pitman to check
the water levels, and also to ensure that the stokers and engineers stayed at their posts until further notice. However, the
stokers were not allowed to come up to the deck until an hour before the R.M.S. Titanic sank. Knowing that the Titanic would
have sank faster if not for the efforts of these men, do you think that it was fair of Captain Smith to ask the men to sacrifice
their lives to do their jobs? Why or why not?
4. Why do you think
the first lifeboat only carried 28 passengers in a boat built for 65 people?
5. Do you think that
a tragedy like this will ever strike again in today’s architecturally and technologically advanced society? Do you think
that those in ‘economy class’ would be as blatantly discriminated against?
6. Since many of
the third class passengers were not financially well off, they boarded the Titanic carrying everything they owned in one piece
of luggage. If you were moving to another country for good and had to pack all of your belongings in
one bag, what would you pack?
7. List five interesting
facts you have learned about the R.M.S. Titanic.