September 11, Patriot's Day, 9/11 is and should be remembered by all of us, and it's my opinion that we must continue explaining the events of this day to our students to help them understand the bravery that was shown, and how America showed its true colors in the time after 9/11.
This includes two different activities to meet the needs of your students:
This packet includes an article about the events of September 11th, the song lyrics to "Where Were You When the World Stopped Turning?" and 8 close-read questions to go along with the song to get kids thinking deeply about the text.
This product is probably best suited for grades 3 and higher. I teach fourth grade, and I am using this in conjunction with the music video, which is available on YouTube, the BrainPop video, as well as a few picture books.
PLEASE be aware, that last year I used this with 3rd graders, and it was a little rough on some of the kids. The subject material is obviously challenging to talk about with very young kids. If you have a mature third grade class, this lesson could work out. You know your class best and know if they can handle the material.
There is a simpler article for students to read, with an emphasis on heroes, especially those who helped after September 11th, 2001. Students then create a hero craftivity, where they describe why each community helper is a hero. This still focuses on 9/11, but is lighter than the first activity. There is both a color and a black and white version included, depending on whether you want your students to color this craftivity.
I hope this helps you out with teaching a tough, but necessary subject.
Thanks for looking.