For one of my co-op days in the month of March, I focused on the Titanic. As the families showed up, they were given "luggage" as they waited on the front porch for "boarding". The luggage contained a couple of clothing items and a boarding pass. Each of the kids, as well as each mom, were assigned the identity of an actual passenger aboard the Titanic representing 1st, 2nd, and 3rd class, as well as ship employees.
After watching a short slideshow on the Panama Canal ('cause that was the other topic I wanted to cover for that day) they opened their bags, donned their clothing, and found out who they were. We proceeded to the dining area where guests dined in one of three dining "rooms" by class. Each class partook of a snack which included one food originally on the menus that final night aboard the Titanic.
First class dined on homemade eclairs (original), homemade crackers and cheeseball, apple juice, and hot chocolate. Second class had cheeses, grapes, lemonade, and American ice cream (original). Third class had homemade applesauce, bread (original) and butter, and water.
After they ate their "class" food, I let them have anything they wanted from any menu ('cause them eclairs were dang good!). Then we went back to the living room. After giving them some facts about the events of that fateful night, I called each passenger up one by one and told them their fate. Only about half of them survived. It was an interesting way of relating to the more individual stories of such a large catastrophe.
In the "boarding area"....checking out their boarding passes and wearing their partial costumes.
On of the moms explains the menu to the first class passengers.
Another mom (my sister) serves the second class passengers.
And here is third class.
Emma, second class, enjoying her "American" ice cream
Thomas and Spenser enjoying some homemade applesauce in third class.
Poor third class....no tablecloth, no attentive waiter....
Austin, second class, with American ice cream
Try not to notice that the first class dining room waiter and this first class dining room guest are obviously related!! He got a kick out of demanding more apple juice from his "waiter".