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Classroom Activities for Remembering 9-11

Candle and Ribbon

Children who were just beginning elementary school on September 11 are just beginning their senior year in high school this year or their first year of  college.

The majority of students must learn about the events of 9-11 from resources instead of experiential memory. Primary resources are extremely necessary when addressing and teaching about 9-11.









Here are a few ideas that may help:

Lesson Coordination across age groups may include:

Grades K-5: Lessons on:
heroes, especially Americans in emergency rescue careers.
remembering an event without celebrating it.
read stories to children of helping others, helping each other

Grades 6-8 Lessons On:
the importance of first-responders, characteristics of bravery, vocabulary words such as valor, public service, emergency response, pilots. Discuss the importance and history of the American flag, the significance of the act throughout history and  today, read/showcase biographies of heroes of the day. Discuss the role of the hero and the characteristics of heroes. Take a virtual field trip to the 9-11 memorial and discuss the reasons why a new structure has not been built in the same area. Students can design and display their own commemorative symbol.

Grades 9-12 Lessons On:
Create a newspaper that includes news reports by students about the day and  interviews or video clips with local officials and rescue workers. Discussions can include the  children born post-9/11 who lost fathers in the attacks, mourning and grieving,  patriotism and how it has changed since 9/11 and who were the terrorists. Relate the characteristics of heroes to events in students’ lives. Invite a firefighter, medic, EMT worker, police officer, relief worker to speak in your class. Discuss volunteers and volunteer organizations in your area. Invite students  to volunteer for something in their community related to 9/11. Students can design and display their own commemorative symbol. Read letters from officials, victim’s families and  service workers about the events of 9/11. Have each student list five ways to  keep America safe from terrorism. Create a word cloud to represent 9-11. View the documentary “Footnotes to 9-11” by CNN

9-11 word cloud

Source of this word cloud (available for download)
 Read more:
Remembering 9-11 from PBS Newshour
Classroom Activities for Remembering 9/11 | eHow.com http://www.ehow.com/list_7611562_classroom-activities-remembering-911.html#ixzz264MFLbtz
Remember September 11 Activities and Resources from Education World
Remembering 9-11 from Scholastic (although written to commemorate the tenth year after the attacks, the ideas and activities are transferable for this year)
The Pentagon Memorial Fund, founded by relatives of 9/11 victims, has a lesson plan page.
The Smithsonian National History Museum has a resource page for teachers.


Great Idea from Scholastic Blog: Spine Poetry

I wrote an earlier post on my daughter’s first poetry unit featuring the Josie’s Poems.

As a mom/internet concierge, I also found a great poetry idea on the Scholastic blog called spine poetry.
Simply scan your entire book collection and choose and lay books on their sides and stack them so the titles can become words or lines in a collective poem.

I love this idea because:
1.) it requires very little advanced planning time for a busy teacher
2.) utilizes library resources (Go Libraries! Go Libraries!)
3.) transfers well with online resources

There are wonderful examples by Megan on the Scholastic website.

Here is one I “composed”

spine poetry HTeague

Happiness Is
Eternal Echoes
Forward From Here
On the blue shore of silence
The band that played on

Emily and Einstein
Look Homeward, Angel 

Ways to differentiate the Spine Poetry assignment can include:
1. changing the number of books in the spine poetry, either decreasing or increasing depending on ability.
2. let students use connecting words {on, in, the, and, etc…} in {brackets}
3. take digital pictures of the final spine poetry sculptures using digital cameras or iPhones
4. researching a “sound-bite biography” of the authors.
5. confining the spine poem to works of poetry only
6. include books with titles in different languages
7. accompany the poem with illustrations

Students can also go to online book collections or online libraries, snip the photos of book spines and stack using a photo image program or website such as Pic Monkey.


Common Core curricula changes

Tools to help you and your staff stay up-to-date on Common Core curricula changes from Scholastic. Easy to read and implement…takes Common Core away from common chore…click here to read the full article

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