This free lesson plan (Grades 3-5) is designed to be used in conjunction with the reading of "Sirius, The Hero Dog of 9/11" by Hank Fellows, which is available in Hank's TpT store. This 32 page children's book, with 25 child-friendly photos, is an ideal introduction to the facts and themes surrounding the Sept. 11, 2011 attacks on the World Trade Center. This is the true story of "Sirius," the police patrol dog who died in the Twin Towers on 9-11-01. The story is told by "Sirius" in his own words, and also recounts his friendship with his police officer partner, David, who survived the 9/11/01 attacks. This book is currently used in New Jersey's state-wide 9/11 Education curriculum. As a 9-11 teaching material, this book is not only ideal for Patriot Day (9/11), but also for Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, July 4th, and the teaching of 9-11-01 in classes in American History.
SAMPLE INTRO OF THIS BOOK TO YOUR CLASS: "Do any of you know the holiday that's coming up in a few days on Sept. 11th? It's called "Patriot Day," and it marks the date Sept. 11, 2001. Now, that date is how many years before you were born? Does anyone know what happened on Sept. 11, 2001, which is also known as 9/11? We're going to read a book now that explains what happened on that date. And do you know what makes this book special? The story is told by a dog named "Sirius" [Seer-us]. Are you ready now to read this book?"