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Fireboat - September 11th | Distance Learning

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3rd - 5th, Homeschool
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Engage your upper elementary students and teach them about the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001 in a sensitive, appropriate way. Fireboat by Maira Kalman is an excellent book that shares the story of the brave crew of the John J. Harvey fireboat and their dedication to helping fight fires at Ground Zero on September 11, 2001.

This print-and-go packet includes 12 activities to supplement your reading of the book and spans across many subjects (covering reading comprehension, math, vocabulary, writing, and a booklet craft.) Full answer keys are included. THESE ACTIVITIES ARE INCLUDED IN BOTH PRINT AND DIGITAL VERSIONS!

Table of Contents:

Reading Comprehension (answer keys included)

1. New York City 1931

2. Facts about the John J. Harvey

3. John J. Harvey Timeline activity (differentiated – 2 options)

4. Meet the Crew

5. Cause and Effect

Math (answer key included)

1. Word Problems

Vocabulary (answer key included)

1. 8 Vocabulary Cards

2. Fireboat Vocabulary Activity


1. Fireboat: Celebrating a Hero

2. 9-11 Heroes: Read All About It Newspaper Article

3. Helping Hands booklet: 8 hand print pages to combine into a booklet about those

who helped after the attacks on September 11th

***UPDATED: This resource now includes BOTH PRINT AND DIGITAL versions for you to use in-person or online/distance learning! The link to the Google Drive slides is on the second page of the download.

You can find the book Fireboat by Maira Kalman on Amazon, at your local library, or watch the book being read on YouTube.

Resource created by Jessica Lawler

Joy in the Journey

Total Pages
28 (+Google slides)
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
1 Week
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