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Thursday, April 10, 2014

TBT Throw Back Thursday This Day in History: Titanic, Pulitzer, Salvation Army and Other Events

Last week, I decided to jump on the Throw Back Thursday bandwagon and post some historic photos of my family on Facebook.  When I was rummaging through old photos, the thought occurred to me - WHY NOT USE THROW BACK THURSDAY AS A WAY TO LEARN HISTORY.

So, here you have it! As part of #TBT, this Throw Back Thursday blog section helps to teach about This Day in History - An attempt to make history learning fun!

And, there's something for everybody.  There's science, math, language arts, history, art, music, religious studies, Bible, and more. Any historic event can easily be transformed into an entire unit study that fills up your lesson plans. Just use a little creativity, and explore the subjects that interest you and your kiddos the most.

This week, in 2014, Thursday falls on April 10:


This week -

On April 10, 1790, the US Patent system was formed. With this knowledge, it would be fun to spark a unit study on inventions. Be creative, and see what your kiddos will invent. Is it something that would be worthy of applying for a patent?

April 10, 1872 - The first Arbor Day was celebrated in Nebraska.  Celebrate by planting a tree, or creating artwork with tree designs.

April 10, 1887 - President Abraham Lincoln was re-buried.  That's right....  A second burial.  This time so he could be next to his wife in Springfield, Illinois. Lincoln holds a special place in my heart because I have a child who was born on his birthday. Studies about Abraham Lincoln are almost limitless.

And, if you like to travel and have the budget - Today would be a great day to celebrate the first hotel that opened in Hawaii, today in 1825.

One of the biggest news for this day in history:

1912 the Titanic left the Southampton Port on its maiden voyage, which would be its last. In reading about the Titanic on History.com, I learned some interesting facts. Of course, there's the obvious history lesson, along with:

Math - Determine dimensions of the Titanic, determine how many lifeboats would have been sufficient to save the entire ship full of people, calculate the coordinates at sea. Determine the estimated temperature of the water.  There is plenty of math to be learned from the Titanic. For the advanced, want-to-be-challenged: Design your own replica of the Titanic, by mathematically recreating its specs. For the rest of us...ENJOY AN ART PROJECT of creating your own boat. Create something as simple as a newspaper boat, or something more complex.

Science - Learn about icebergs and rescues at sea. Learn about the ocean life that would have been active in this part of the world. Host sink or float experiments using your created boats, or just use household objects.

Language Arts - Research poems that have been written about the Titanic. Look up old news accounts of the events, as they were reported in 1912. Compare what the public opinion was before the ship set sail, and how it changed after the sinking.  Read historic accounts, either online or from your local library.

More events that took place on this day in history (Throw Back Thursday), after the Titanic set sail, are as follows:

April 10, 1916 - The first professional golf tournament was held. (Do you like golf? If the weather is nice, take the kids to a mini golf course. Or, if you already know how to golf, go for a full 18 hole course.

April 10, 1925 - The Great Gatsby is published (If you don't already have a copy of this book, head for your local library to pick up a copy and get reading). It's probably more appropriate of a reading level and content for high school students, or possibly upper middle schoolers. Use your own judgment.

April 10, 1945 - Allies liberated the first Nazi Concentration Camp in Buchenwald. As historic as this event is, this could obviously spark other Religious Studies lessons as well as lessons from Science and genetics and what was once thought, by Hitler, to be the Superior Race through genetic selection.

April 10, 1953 - First 3-D movie released. But, it may not be what you want to show your kids. It was a horror movie, called House of Wax. The fact that a 3-D movie was released on this date, however, does make for a fun art or theater lesson. Celebrate by taking in your favorite 3-D movie that is currently showing at a nearby theater, or learn more about the art of 3-D viewing. Make your own 3-D picture, and don't forget the glasses.

Some Famous People Born on this day:

1829 William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army was born on April 10. This recognition of his birth day could easily spark lessons in Bible and Religious Studies, but it could also spur on your homeschoolers to learn about community service or even start a fund, used clothing, or can drive to contribute to the Salvation Army. Read more about his life on Wikipedia, and explore the Salvation Army website for more information. Here's what he looked like at about the age of 33:


1847 Joseph Pulitzer was born on April 10. You may be familiar with his name as part of the "Pulitzer Prize" for newspapers. Learn more about his life at Wikipedia. Locally, he has been associated with the St. Louis Post Dispatch newspaper, as depicted in this #TBT pic:


1915 Actor Harry Morgan (M.A.S.H. and Dragnet) was born on this date. While the TV show, M.A.S.H. is not 100% true to historic fact, it can be used to pique interest in real, factual, wartime events. Read more about Harry Morgan on Wikipedia.


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