I know most of us can remember 10 years ago today like it was yesterday. I was doing my student teaching in a 1st grade classroom when we had a 5th grader come by and tell us that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center. The first grade teachers turned on a tv in the pod area and we all took turns during the day watching the days events while going on with our teaching like nothing had happened so we didn't scare any of the little ones. That afternoon, some
idiot person had called in a bomb threat to our entire corporation and all of the schools had to be evacuated. It was definitely a day that none of us will every forget.
However, even though it is forever etched in our memories, our own students were not even alive. That is just amazing to think about. Every year I read this book to my class:
It's a great kid friendly book that I use to lead a discussion about September 11th. I tell them how I will always remember where I was and how I felt on that day. I also explain to them that my brother is now in the Air Force because he wanted to help our country after this event. On Monday, I will be sending this home for homework. Just click on the pictures to download.
Did you do anything special to discuss September 11th with your students?