Understanding September 11th - Understanding 9/11 for Upper Elementary
: Passage and Activity for INTERACTIVE NOTEBOOKS
Perfect for September 11th or any time you are studying about the attacks on 9/11.
This passage was written with upper elementary grades in mind, but it is a sensitive topic, so you will need to decide if your students are ready for it. In our state fifth grade curriculum, the war on terror is a topic of study, so it fits right in with that curriculum. Fourth graders also study wars in our curriculum, so it is probably suitable, although terrorism is not an included topic.
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Before you buy, please note a few things...This pack includes a short close reading passage to help students better understand September 11th and the events that occurred. I tried to write a passage that was not scary sounding, but it does include facts. It addresses the four planes, hijacking, terrorists, terrorism, Osama bin Laden, large number of deaths, Department of Homeland Security, and more. It covers a lot of details and factual information, but I tried my best to make it upper elementary friendly.
The passage is a half sheet, so it will work perfectly to glue sideways into an interactive reading notebook. Once glued into the interactive notebook, students can write their thinking out to the side of the passage. Remember, this is a short close reading type passage that does not touch on every part of the September 11th. It gives important information and students will walk away with basic knowledge of the day.
In addition to the passage, there are three flippable activities (all printed on one sheet) for their notebook. One is on the definition of terrorist, one focuses on the term 'war on terror', and the other one focuses on four comprehension questions related to the text.
In addition to doing this activity as a whole group reading lesson, you could also have students do it during a literacy center. Feel free to use it in your classroom however you would like.
Other September 11 activities you will like:
9/11 Poster Activity with 2 writing prompts
Take a look at all of my close reading passages and activities by clicking HERE
I also have a bundled pack of ten passages just like this one that you can find HERE.
NOTE: The bundle does NOT include this September 11th passage, as I wrote it at a later time.
For more creative lesson ideas, click on 'elementary lesson plans' by my picture above.
(September 11, September 11, 2001, 9/11)