September 11 is Patriot Day! This day commemorates the lives that were lost and the heroes who risked their lives saving others during the 9/11 attacks. The topic may be touchy for young students, but educators can celebrate Patriot Day with activities that are age-appropriate and that focus on patriotism.
Here are a few Patriot Day activities and ideas:
Read a book. For a detailed account of the 9/11 tragedy, read America Is Under Attack: September 11, 2001: The Day the Towers Fell, which uses sensitive language and watercolor illustrations to narrate the events of the day. The book touches on everything from the hijacking of the planes to the collapse of the buildings. For a story of courage and bravery, read The Little Chapel That Stood about the historic chapel less than 100 miles from the Twin Towers that remained standing after the attacks.
Watch the BrainPOP video explaining terrorism and recounting the events of September 11, 2001. The video is animated and a great discussion starter.
Visit the National Counterterrorism Center Kids Zone for games and activities, educational resources and a coloring book.
Make an American flag. Trace a flag outline on a piece of white construction paper. Have students tear pieces of red, white and blue paper, and glue them down to form the stripes and blue area of the flag. Use white star stickers to represent the stars on the US flag.
Honor a hero. Discuss patriotism and have students write thank-you notes to heroes in the community, such as police officers, firefighters, nurses, etc.
For more Patriot Day ideas and activities, visit our Pinterest board “Patriot Day Activities.”
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