Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire Investigation Activity

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History Gal
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8th - 12th, Homeschool
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20 pages
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Great resource! I posted the cards around my room with pictures from that day as well, also with police crime scene tape! The kids really got into it. I played fire truck noises as they investigated.
This was a great activity. The students were really engaged in this. I followed this up with a video from CBS about the fire.


Students will investigate the 1911 Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire by first creating an investigation notebook and then searching for eyewitness statements and evidence scattered around the classroom. As they find more clues, students will start to understand the horrific events that took place. They’ll wrap up the activity by writing a report explaining what caused the fire, who was to blame for the fire, and propose laws to prevent such a tragedy from happening again. A quick Exit Ticket is also included.

What's Included in this Download:

*Teacher Instructions (2 pages)

*Investigation Notebook (7 pages)

*Paper Saving Investigation Notebook Version (4 pages or 2 pages front-to-back)

*Clues to scatter around your room (8 pages, 1 page optional backside graphic)

*Detective Report (2 pages)

*Exit Ticket (1 page)

**This zip file contains PDF files.

You may put the materials in this file on a LMS for STUDENT USE that RESTRICTS access like Google Drive, Google Classroom, OneDrive, Edmodo, Canvas, etc. where students are either invited via an email address or log in with a user name and password. IT MAY NOT BE UPLOADED TO A CLASS WEBSITE UNLESS THE SITE IS RESTRICTED TO STUDENTS WITH A LOGIN AND PASSWORD AND IT MAY NOT BE USED IN A COURSE ON OUTSCHOOL OR ANY SIMILAR PLATFORMS/MARKETPLACES.

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***This resource is included in the following larger bundles:***

* U.S. History 1877 to Present Bundle

* U.S. History Mega Bundle: Exploration to Present


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Total Pages
20 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
90 minutes
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