How do you talk about September 11th with young students? I think about all the heroes of that day that risked their lives to save others. September 11th is very personal to me as I grew up 18 miles north of NYC and several of my relatives worked in the city and were there that day and could see the towers burning from their offices. My sister-in-laws brother was the first fireman to go into the Twin Towers. On that day we were in Anchorage, Alaska and my daughter called and woke us up at 5:00 am because we were 4 hours behind east coast time. My cousin, who lived in New Jersey, described all the cars in the parking lot at the train station that were there for days after the attack of those that didn't survive. I have put together some great websites with free resources, activities and lessons which you can check out. They are great for all grade levels and parents, too.
To start with you may want to have your students read books about September 11th or do a Read Aloud. I found a list of books at TeachHub. There is also a great list at Amazon which you can check out by clicking on the picture below. This one is for K-2.
If you are looking for some free lessons plans for all grades K-12 then click on the picture below. There are Foundational Lesson Plans for K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12. You will also find Videos and Tips for talking to Children about 9/11.
You will also find lots of teacher resources, tip and lesson plans at Education World by clicking on the picture below.
Edutopia which is geared more for intermediate students and older.
To honor the memories of the fallen I wrote a unit called "Heroes" for grades K-2. It has a Shared Reading Book, Mini Books at each grade level , Hero Word and Adjective Webs, Writing Activities and a Word Wall. . If you would like to see more of my unit you can click on the picture below.
Heroes is a Great Unit to teach Anytime of the Year! Not just on Patriots' Day.
Students will love making a S'more Hero Sandwich Book that they can make.
I have put together a free Hero Poems and Writing Packet for Grades 1-3 that you can download by clicking on the image below. There are 2 poems, 2 Adjective Word Webs and a Writing Activity to choose from.
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Thanks for all you do to make a difference for your students. Let's remember all the heroes of that day and all who are still fighting for our country overseas.
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What activities do you do with your students on September 11th?