An original map of the Hindenburg’s flight path exists! It was found in the papers of a 24-year-old American survivor. Share this fascinating 3-minute Smithsonian video from a curator who explains how she received the map, and what else came with it. (Note: The first 15 seconds show original news footage of the crash, including the shocked broadcaster’s narration. You might want to start the video after that if you feel it will upset your students.)
If your students are curious about what the inside of the airship looked like, take a look at this article. From photos of the dining room, to the architectural skeleton of the airship, it provides a cool visual aid of the gigantic vessel.
Extend the Learning
Let your students know that there was another major zeppelin before the Hindenburg. Graf Zeppelin was the first airship to travel to another continent without stopping, and it crossed the Atlantic Ocean 136 times.
The Hindenburg can be compared and contrasted with another disastrous vessel: the Titanic. (Check out our nonfiction story from last year about the Titanic.)
Enter to Win!
Every “Big Read” nonfiction feature in Storyworks Jr. comes with a writing contest! Check out the “Think & Write” prompt on page 9 and encourage your students to enter the contest—they could win some awesome prizes!