Well, it turns out this long weekend has turned into a really long weekend. Storms yesterday caused many of the schools in our district to lose power. So, here I sit on a Tuesday afternoon trying to be productive.
Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of 9/11. I have already been discussing this some with my students, because this anniversary is significant for them. 9/11 is an event that has marked their entire lives since it took place the year most of them were born. Here's what I'm planning to do.
I found this free Brain Pop video that does a great job of explaining the significance of 9/11 in kid-friendly terms. I also found this great list of 9/11 lessons and activities from Scholastic. I especially like the lesson that has each student write a poem, write a letter, or draw a picture on a "quilt" square. I plan on doing this and putting all the squares onto a poster to make a class quilt to go in our classroom or in the hallway.
I also hope to use this activity to create our first digital story of the year. I want to either use Photo Story 3 or Little Bird Tales to have students upload their pictures and record their poems and letters. I'm thinking something similar to our Titanic Poetry video from last year. Here are a few more resources I found that might be useful.
Interactive 9/11 Timeline
9/11 Memorial Lesson Plans
What is everyone else planning on doing to commemorate the 10th anniversary of 9/11?