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Lesson Plans
The following lesson plans about submarines and the K-19 tragedy are available on National Geographic’s Xpeditions Web site.
Submarines: The Classroom Fleet
Grade Level: K-2

This lesson introduces students to the submarine as a means of travel under the sea, and the challenges humans face when traveling underwater. Students will learn about the basic construction of a submarine and about the underwater environment in which it travels. Students will conclude by creating a mural in their classroom featuring a fleet of their own model submarines and examples of marine life that might be encountered on a journey under the sea.
Submarines: The Journey of K-19
Grade Level: 3-5

This lesson introduces students to the ill-fated maiden voyage of K-19, the Soviet Union’s first nuclear-powered submarine. They will locate the key points of K-19’s journey on a map and consider the actions of crewmembers who risked their lives so that others might survive. Students will contemplate the reasons why the story of K-19 was kept secret until the end of the Cold War, and will conclude by writing a newspaper article about the submarine’s accident at sea.
Submarines: A Heated Competition in a Cold War
Grade Level: 6-8

In this lesson, students will discuss the concept of competition while considering the disaster that befell the Soviet Union’s first nuclear-powered submarine, K-19. They will explore their ideas about competition by adopting the perspective of K-19’s captain and creating a log of the submarine’s first mission.
Submarines: Underway on Nuclear Power
Grade Level: 9-12

In this lesson, students will explore the uses of nuclear submarines, the dangers faced by their crews, and the legacy left to their generation by the Cold War build-up. They will look at incidents involving submarines both during and after the Cold War, including the K-19 tragedy. Students will analyze various aspects of these incidents and assemble their findings into a classroom presentation.
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