I'd like to have a variety of topics prepared, that will suit the interests of different children. These topics will have something in common, which is that they are all being chosen to reinforce place value and computation: the four operations with whole numbers for younger students, and the four operations with whole numbers as well as fractions and decimals for older students. They need to be interesting and flexible, with room for students to create their own word problems in addition to the ones I create for them.
One child that I'm working with has requested that her first tote bag topic be the sinking of the Titanic. Happily, I already have several resources on the Titanic sitting on my bookshelves! Here is a little Titanic mini booklist:
The Titanic: Lost and Found
by Judy Donnelly
The Bravest Man in the World
by Patricia Polacco
Voices of the Titanic
by Mary Montero
Teaching with a Mountain View on TpT has also created a FREE Titanic Math set of four worksheets that I think are interesting. I've used them for several years (starting with my own daughters). A great resource to add to the list!
I'll need to create additional math prompts, naturally, and give her some guidelines to help her create and solve her own word problems. Of course, it's easy to fit in history (timelines) and reading comprehension skills in here as well... plus we will be able to compare historical fiction to biography.
UPDATE: I just had a family recommend 882 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions About the Titanic. Thanks for the suggestion!
882 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions About the Titanic
by Hugh Brewster and Laurie Coulter
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