of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001 offers a time to remember, to reflect
about this unforgettable moment in history, and to reconsider the effect that
September 11 has had on our country and the world. The following Web sites contain
background information, lessons, and ideas that may be helpful to educators as
they struggle to explain and to teach the events of September 11, 2001.
PLANS & RESOURCES
From Prentice Hall's School Division--As Americans pause to seek perspective
on September 11 and its aftermath, United We Stand offers articles,
lessons, and resources to guide your classroom discussions on this turning
point in American history.
NAME IS OSAMA
This provocative lesson plan introduces a short story about an Iraqi boy
named Osama, who faces taunts and targeting after the Sept. 11th attacks.
Tolerance, terrorism, bullying, and immigration are key issues marked
for student consideration and discussion here. Students will respond to
the story and lesson in written paragraphs. Click
here for a .pdf version of the story.
"The Day That Changed America" from Scholastic News.
11: LESSONS AND RESOURCES FOR CLASSROOM TEACHERS
Education World presents a wide
variety of links to lesson plans.
Education World offers five new lessons to help teachers commemorate
the first anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attack on the United
States. Those lessons will keep alive the spirit of patriotism and tolerance
stimulated by the events of 9/11. Included: Students make a huge flag
mural for your school or a proverb book for your classroom library, write
letters to fire fighters in your community, read aloud books that model
tolerance, raise money for Afghan children, more.
HOW STUFF WORKS
The How Stuff Works Web site offers resources that can help explain:
What Happened on
September 11, 2001?
Who is Osama bin
The Families and Work Institute has developed a series of 16 age-appropriate
lesson plans to help educators address the 9-11 anniversary with their
students. The 9-11 As History program includes four lessons each for grades
PreK-2nd, 3rd-5th, 6th-8th, 9th-12th that are linked to national education
SEPTEMBER 11TH LESSON PLANS
the NEA Health Information Network have created a special Remember September
11th Web site. This site draws on the creative inspiration of NEA members
and partners in educational excellence, including NASP. It brings together
in one place an abundance of ideas, lesson plans, discussion points, and
much more to help young people learn from the September 11 tragedy.
REMEMBRANCE -- RESOURCES FOR ELEMENTARY CLASSES
First grade teacher, Susan Stein, has put together a collection of resources
for elementary school teachers to help commemorate the anniversary of
September 11th.Includes a 9/11 song, links, and activities.
11 THROUGH CHILDREN'S EYES
A student-created Web site. The students visited New York P.S. 89, which
is located a block from Ground Zero. The site shares their interviews
with students and teachers and more
timeline of events from September 11th through September 18th, 2001, has
been compiled here for class review. Consider using the events included
on site to create a wall-size memorial timeline of your own, supplementing
the text with pictorial representations from magazines, newspapers, and
online sources, and adding students' reflections to create a positive
in teams will be the outcome of this cooperative assignment, where students
will consider how heroism can occur right at home. Help younger children
complete this exercise by having them draw and color pictures to reflect
their thoughts, and then type out a couple of sentences they dictate to
attach to each picture or booklet.
offers a great diversity of material and activities to cope with a memorial
for September 11th in your own classroom. Poetry forms are available,
crisis mentoring, lessons on accepting different points of view, patriotic
activities to explore--there is much
available here for teachers and classes of all grade levels.
sets of exercises for the early elementary classroom explore the concept
of heroes, naming possible community heroes, inviting people to the classroom,
and creating a heroes display.
YEAR LATER -- TIPS FOR TEACHERS
Help your classes
cope with the anniversary of September 11th with the aid of resources
offered at this site, including guidelines and memorial activities.
AFTER 9 / 11
PBS News Hour
has put together this resource for students to explore their reactions,
cultural relations, military aggressions, biological warfare, and more,
all with the
necessary guidance to investigate these loaded issues.
11TH CRAFTS AND ACTIVITIES COLLECTION
From MIKIDS.com, including "I am proud to be an American" writing
template, Nametags, Flags, Patriotic Heart to color, Patriotic Star to
color, Patriotic Pinwheels, Patriotic Hats, The Story of Old Glory, Beaded
Pin Patterns,"God Bless the USA" - lyrics, New York Firemen
and the WTC terrorist attack, Free patriotic images to use and more.
WE STAND POSTERS
these mini-posters to mount on your class bul-
letin board to remember the events of 9-11.
- 11 REMEMBRANCE PIN
Using letter beads, cording, and safety pins, students will create their
own memorial pins to share and exchange.
REMEMBER 9/11 BOOKMARKS
Download and print these bookmarks for students to share with penpals,
to keep for their own reading purposes, or to exchange with another classroom.
ACTIVITIES FOR KIDS
This site offers printable flags, journal ideas and templates to express
forms to celebrate heroes, and coloring pages on patriotic symbols.
cut out and paint their hand prints, and then create a collage-style wreath
with a dove for peace in the middle.
can be created with these printable pencil toppers. The American flag
in this case includes an insert of the twin towers, with the word "Remember".
friendship bracelets with another class to commemorate September 11th.
The pattern instructions for this one uses beads and wire.
here for creating friendship lanterns using posterboard, tissue paper,
reassemble the printable designs of this collage exercise to create a
red, white, and blue geometric abstract. Let each child construct their
own unique design, and post all results on your bulletin board for a 9-11
reflect their own visions of patriotism using paint and crayons, dividing
their papers into five segments to allow for different images and their
own expressions of patriotism.
exercise first requires students to give deep consideration to what qualities
a memorial should reflect. They will consider the traits they wish to
portray, such as bravery and compassion. They will then either work in
groups or individually to
construct their own box, covering it with paper and stylized writing with
their chosen words. All boxes will then be assembled for a class memorial.
Show students different examples of how they can stylize their script
to individualize each of the boxes involved.
PAPER DOLL EXCHANGE
class has penpals or book buddies, then print and decorate these paper
dolls to exchange with your partner class. If you have not yet arranged
a program this year, then
let your students exchange these patriotic paper dolls with each other
at the beginning of the school year, fostering a sense of sharing and
of having a school memorial for 9-11 is to create these flag candles.
You will print out the templates for stars and stripes, which will be
glued, along with a fake flame, to a paper towel roll. At your school
assembly all students will be able to participate in a moment of reflection
or silence by holding their candles high.