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What is 9/11?
Lesson Plan: What Happened on 9/11
a. Read aloud of “Frankie Wonders What Happened
Today” by Yvonne Conte and discover events of
September 11th through the eyes of a child.
b. Look at pictures of New York City skyline before and after
9/11; compare and contrast the images
c. Plan remembrance event; send cards or collect money for
funds that exist concerning Septemeber 11th victims
d. Create class book about the events of 9/11
e. Read stories, poems and look at artwork create by other
kindergarten or first grade students that experienced
events of 9/11 firsthand
Lesson Plan: Heroes of 9/11
a. Read alouds on heroes
b. Identify everyday heroes in your life
c. Create a class book on each child's personal hero
d. Write a letter to a hero
e. Identify heros at school, in the community, in your family, etc.
f. Interview a hero
g. Make a class collage of pictures of heros you find in old magazines
Lesson Plan: Colors of My Skin
a. Using a paper cut out of a color such as blue or green, you will cut out
a life-size person, known as the “new student” in class. Gather your
students and introduce them to the new classmate, and explain to the
students how hard it is to enter a situation that is unfamiliar such as a
classroom where the students already have their friendships formed.
Point out how some people immediately put up barriers and without
even giving the new student a chance decide that they dislike them.
Have students one at a time put down the new classmate, and each
time a different part of the student is picked on, tear that part off and
hand it to the person who made the comment. After every student
has their chance, invite students to tape the pieces back together and
have them apologize.Ask students questions to start a discussion on
how the new classmate must feel and show that the “scars” remain.
b. After discussion the word “unique” with your class, draw an outline of
a person on the chalkboard. Divide this person up into three
different parts: the neck and up, the torso, and the waist down.
Discuss with the class the different qualities each section of the body
may include. After discussing each section of the body, give students
a piece of paper, big enough for the first section. Have students
draw a unique head, possibly using some of the characteristics on
the board, but make sure that it resembles no one they know.
Continue this for each section. After students have separately drawn
each section, mix up the classes each section of the body (heads in
one box, torsos in the next, and legs in another). Randomly select
one section from each box and make a person.
c. Have a disscusion on tolerance and ask students to discover what is
unique about themselves. Have them share their thoughts in small
groups or with the whole class.
IV. Fire Safety
Lesson Plan: Our Own Fire Safety Class Book
a. Take a field trip to a local fire station
b. Invite a firefighter to guest speak in the classroom
c. Read additional children’s literature on fire safety like No Dragons for
Tea: Fire Safety for Kids (and Dragons) by Jean Pendziwol and
Martine Gourbault or Fire! Fire Gail Gibbons
d. Practice Stop, Drop and Roll in the classroom
e. Have students create their own Fire Safety Plan booklets
f. Visit http://www.sparky.org/ and allow the students to play the games
and explore the information presented