Painting of Submarine Nautilus

An Introduction to the History and Technology of Submarines

Teachers

DIVE! DIVE! An Introduction to the History and Technology of Submarines is a resource guide for science and social studies classes that explores the world of U.S. Navy submarines and other submersibles. The guide consists of background information on the history and development of submarines and a list of cross-curricular activities to challenge, educate, and entertain students.

Students learn the inherent challenges that complicate travel and survival undersea through various activities that teach about submarine design and operation within an historical context. Each activity is intended to expand students understanding of the history, science, and technology of submarines. This packet is intended for students in grades 5-8. As the teacher, you may pick and choose which lessons are most appropriate for your individual classes.

We have provided a few lesson plans for you to print out, however the entire packet may be obtained when calling the museum to schedule a group tour. Please call the Museum Education Department at (202) 433-6826 if you have any questions or comments regarding this curriculum packet. The curriculum packet includes (items in blue/underlined are available on-line):

Introductory Materials:

Lesson Plans/Activities:

Post-Visit Activities:

  • Investigations

Resources: