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Remembering 9/11: Resources and Lesson Plans

9/11 Resources


Links verified 8/30/16

Remembering September 11th


No matter where we live, we can all relate and remember where we were and what we were doing on the shocking day forever known as 9/11. As educators and parents of today, we are faced with the task of explaining these events to some children who may not have even been born yet. There is a lot of information online. We hope you find the following resources helpful when exploring the tragedies and history of September 11th.



1. 9/11 Lesson Plans from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum.

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The National September 11 Memorial & Museum has partnered with the New York City Department of Education and the New Jersey Commission on Holocaust Education to develop a robust set of 9/11 lessons for K-12 classrooms. Lesson Plans are provided for the following age ranges: K-2 Lesson Plans. 3-5 Lesson Plans. 6-8 Lesson Plans. 9-12 Lesson Plans.  SEE MORE
 
2. Wikipedia: September 11 attacks.

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Wikipedia has excellent background information as well as detail on the aftermath and effects of the tragic events. SEE MORE
 
3. 9/11 Attacks Board - Images and Infographics - from TeacherIdea.

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TeacherIdea has put together a collection of sources for 9/11 images and infographics to help you with your 9/11 lesson plans. SEE MORE
 
4. Remembering 9/11.

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A video from Scholastic News Editions 4 and 5/6 about the events of September 11, 2001. Gr 4-6.  SEE MORE
 
5. PBS's America Responds.

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Classroom resources on world views, conflict views, human rights and more. Opening paragraph: "In the days immediately following the September 11, 2001 terrorism attacks, PBS pulled together resources to help educators teach students about peace, tolerance, war, patriotism, geography, and other related issues. Although time has passed, educators can continue to use these valuable resources to teach lessons on these important subjects."  SEE MORE
 
6. PBS's America Rebuilds.

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Online profiles of heroes and people involved, the process of building a memorial, artifacts, digital stories and the challenges ahead. Tag Line: "From the unimaginable horror of the September 11 attacks arose new tests of American character and ingenuity. As engineers, firefighters and workers heroically cleared Ground Zero, a diverse groups of New Yorkers had struggled toward consensus for the site's future."  SEE MORE
 
7. PBS's America Rebuilds II.

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Video program reflecting on post 9/11 efforts through mid 2006. Extra web accessible content lncludes people profiles, challenges ahead, building the memorial, related links. Tagline: "Hope, vision, memory, and grief share the dedicated efforts of engineers, architects, and victims' relatives to rebuild the World Trade Center site. Five years after the devastation of 9/11, America Rebuilds II resonates with a determination to move forward yet never forget."  SEE MORE
 
8. 9/11 Lesson Plans from Scholastic.

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In this Scholastic report, you'll find dozens of informative and poignant stories divided into five topical sections: A Day for Reflection; Kids Make a Difference; A Nation Recovers; What's Next for America?; and A Time for Tolerance. Grades - PreK - 8. Lesson Plans and Teacher Tips split out as follows: PreK-2nd Grade. 3rd-4th Grade. 5th-6th Grade. 7th-8th Grade.  SEE MORE
 
9. 9/11 Interactive Timeline and Teaching Guides.

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More Resources from the National September 11 Memorial & Museum. Educational Programs: Find primary documents, webcasts, explore the trade center, health resources, and more. SEE MORE
 
10. Helping Children Cope With Frightening News.

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Here are some guidelines for talking to kids about tramatic news. What parents can do to aid kids in processing grief and fear in a healthy way. Opening paragraph: "When tragedy strikes, as parents you find yourself doubly challenged: to process your own feelings of grief and distress, and to help your children do the same."  SEE MORE
 
11. 9/11 Print Outs and Coloring Sheets.

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ABC Teach's printouts including blank flags, writing prompts, and bookmarks with a 9/11 theme. Different materials for stduents from elementary through high school. SEE MORE
 
12. Child Survivor of 9/11 Makes a Career out of Hope.

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Byline: "Children living near the WTC were never the same." Opening Paragraph: "All it takes is a scary story to stir up wild fears in children, causing them to expect the bogey man in every dark corner. After 9/11, even adults living in the shadow of the World Trade Center had nightmares and lived in perpetual fear of another attack. They couldn’t assure their children that everything was going to be all right." SEE MORE
 
13. September 11th Coloring Page.

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Statue of Liberty blank coloring sheet with words: "September 11, 2001 - Remember" SEE MORE
 
14. Helping Students Observe September 11th.

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Exploring ways to observe 9/11 through writing, reading, and discussion. Opening paragraph: "Whether it's with a moment of silence or an outpouring of service, schools across the country are considering how to help their students observe the anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. A wide range of resources are available to assist educators as they seek learning opportunities around this emotion-charged date." SEE MORE
 
15. 9/11 Timeline of Events.

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From Pearson Education: Find information on September 11th, including the history of the World Trade Center, a map of the attacks, a brief synopsis of the Taliban, the history of the Pentagon, a biography of Osama Bin Laden, background on Afghanistan, and other U.S. disasters in history.  SEE MORE
 
16. Technology Resources for Talking to Your Kids About 9/11.

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Parenting Magazine web article with resources available for parents who are unsure of how to broach this sensitive topic. Opening Paragraph: "For children who catch a glimpse of this imagery and don’t understand what exactly they're seeing, it can be a very scary sight and one that is sure to elicit a lot of questions. But the question for parents is, how do you explain something so incomprehensible to a young child without scaring the dickens out of them? Luckily, there are a lot of resources available for parents who are unsure of how to broach this sensitive topic."  SEE MORE
 
17. Then and Now: Children Draw to Cope with 9/11.

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Artwork becomes a way for children re-interpret painful images in more familiar terms, to make sense of the unimaginable. Article is from the point of view of being 10 years after 9/11 attacks. Opening Paragraph: "September 11 didn’t make sense to 7-year-old Julian Cortez and 8-year-old Paul Keim, so they drew a scene that gave them comfort in the days after the terrorist attacks... A decade later, 5-year-old Ava Bullis of Old Bridge, N.J., drew an American flag and a U.S. soldier when asked what Sept. 11 means to her."  SEE MORE
 

 

 

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