Saturday, September 10, 2016

Teaching 9/11 in the Classroom

It's that time again when we are all sadly reminded that America was under attack in 2001. The unthinkable happened. How do you teach your students what happened?

Yesterday I showed my students a couple of kid-friendly videos, a heartfelt song, and then we took a virtual tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum in New York City.

First I showed Tim and Moby's video on BrainPop. This is a paid program that I highly recommend. I'm extremely fortunate that our school purchases a subscription. BrainPop features highly informative, kid-friendly videos that include ready-made quizzes.

The next informative video I showed is from Randy Maurer, a principal at Eastern Elementary School. He does an incredible job of teaching what the New York City skyline looked like before 9/11 and how it looks today. He tells the events of this tragic day and how America stood strong and fought back. I love how he emphasizes that we should be thankful for our every day "superheroes" around us.

After this informative video, I showed a song written by Dave Pasquarello that is heartfelt and emotional and includes a message that our students should all take away from this tragic day. Heroes do not wear capes. Our everyday heroes were visible and in action on 9/11 - fireman, policemen, EMT, and every day civilians. The
song can be watched here:

The last thing we did was "buckle up" and depart for New York. We took a virtual tour of the 9/11 Memorial and Museum. The students can choose where they want to go in the halls of the museum. The site is here:

Next week, my students will complete more 9/11 activities using a CHOICE BOARD. The choice board includes context clues task cards, poetry, a synonym and antonym match, creating a timeline and/or a WORDLE, and other engaging activities that allow students to learn more about this day's unthinkable events and how America stood strong. To learn more about this product that's available in my TpT store click HERE or on the picture below. 

I'd love to hear what 9/11 activities you include in your room. As we approach the anniversary of this fateful day, let's all remember those who lost loved ones and those who truly were heroes, putting others before themselves. God Bless America!


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