Activity to Honor Heroes of 9/11

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  1. Youngteacher226

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    As a 3rd grade teacher, I'm trying to come up with an activity that I can do with my students to honor the heroic acts of civilians & officials on 9/11. I want to briefly talk about it & have students discuss but don't want to go too deep with it. After all, they are 7 & 8 yr. olds and most of them were maybe 2 or 3 when it happened. But, it is still a major event in U.S history so I don't want to ignore it. It will only be our 1st week of school as well and don't want to go dreary with it. Any ideas????:unsure:
     
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    It's the 10th anniversary. If they're 7 or 8, they weren't alive for 9/11.

    You're from NY-- does that mean metro NYC? If so, I would start by finding out whether any of those kids lost a sibling or aunt or uncle or grandparent.

    I would imagine that would have an effect on what you do--those kids probably have a very different view of the day than their peers.
     
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    Okay, it's the 10th anniversary.....I was just typing and thinking, not thinking too deeply. Thanks for the correction.

    No I do not live in metro NYC. I actually live in upstate NY.
     
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    OK, so they have some distance and it probably didn't touch them personally.

    How about learning about the people of Gander, Newfoundland?
    http://forums.atozteacherstuff.com/showthread.php?t=149950&highlight=Gander

    You can talk about helping those in need, and what they and their families would need if their plane plopped them somewhere unexpected for a few days, where they didn't know anyone. You can tie it into the whole idea of nations-- how these people were herioc and are being remembered for what they did for Americans, and they're Canadian. As proud as all people are of their homeland, there are times when nationalism fades into the shadow of more important priorities.

    Or talk about the first responders-- how brave it must be for firement who routinely rush into burning buildings while everyone else is rushing out. You can tie it into the fire drills you'll have this year, and how important it is to be quiet and listen to instructions, and maybe even into the until you'll do on community helpers or on fire preparedness.
     
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    Edhelper has some great activities for younger kids about the heroes. You can find them here Also the book "Courage" was suggested, and I just found the "September 12th The Day We Knew Everything Would Okay" Which is the book written by the class that President Bush was reading to when it happened. Those are some ideas of what I'm doing with my second graders :)
     

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