23 Resources to Teach Kids About 9/11

Many of us recall what we were doing on September 11, 2001. Most students today were not even born at that time when the terrible incident shook our world. Memorialize this year’s 20th anniversary of 9/11 with websites and books that can help you form an impactful lesson curriculum to teach children about the heartbreaking event. 

Resources/Websites to Teach About 9/11

  1. Anniversary in the Schools Webinar

This museum offers a free webinar to commemorate this year’s remembrance for students and teachers. Speakers will include relatives or families, firefighters, and police affected by the horrible incident. Sign up for the webinar here.

  1. 9/11 Memorial &Museum Lesson Plans

This interactive lesson curriculum examines the 9/11 attacks, their current repercussions, and the history of the World Trade Center. The lesson curriculum is divided by grade level and according to their theme. 

  1. What Happened on September 11?

This documentary from the HBO family introduces the event to a young audience. 

  1. The 9/11 Lesson

Look for over a dozen lessons for grades K-6, powered by Global Game Changers. Students can initiate an oral history and create their symbol of honor for the 9/11 fallen ones. 

  1. Talking to Children About Terrorism

This 9/11 Memorial &Museum has broad guidelines to assist teachers in anchoring these difficult conversations. 

  1. Understanding September 11

This series of lesson plans, videos, stories, and book lists will allow teaching kids about the 9/11 event and its continual impact on the United States. 

  1. BrainPop September 11

In this movie, Tim and Moby will narrate in detail what happened that fateful day. 

  1. 9/11 Lesson Plans and Resources

These lesson plans, resources, and activities are done under the curatorial process and give teachers a wealth of options for teaching about the sad events of 9/11. 

  1. Teaching 9/11 In The Classroom

This website has lesson plans that consist of interactions between teachers and their students.

  1. September 11, 2001, Documentary Project

This documentary reveals eyewitness accounts, the reactions, and diverse opinions of fellow Americans and others in the months after the terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and United Airlines Flight 93. 

  1. 9/11 Anniversary Teaching Guide

These class lessons and activities designed for grades K-12 seek to make students have more wealth of knowledge in their understanding of September 11 and develop their logical reasoning skills. 

  1. Classroom Activities: Commemorating September 11

A series of writing, artistic ideas, and interactions for honoring the September 11 anniversary. 

  1. 9/11 Day.org

Discuss great ways to make a difference, whether working through the 20th-anniversary lesson plans, celebrating a first responder, or putting up special banners. 

  1. The 9/11 Anniversary in the Classroom

PBS gives a page of background text for middle and high school students and a short list of useful materials for the classroom.

Books to Teach About 9/11

  1. Towers Falling

From Jewell Parker Rhodes, an award-winning author comes a commanding novel set 15 years after the horrific 9/11 attacks in a classroom of students who can’t imagine the event but live in the aftermath of its cultural shift.  

  1. September 11 Then and Now

This book examines the events owing up to the 9/11 event and how they transformed the world we live in. 

  1. Branches of Hope: The 9/11 Survivor Tree

This book accurately shares the events of 9/11 for young students, exerting much focus on hope and resilience.

  1. Nine, Ten: A September 11 story

This book, a teacher’s favorite on Amazon, discusses the story of four kids across the country doing their normal business until 9/11 brought them together. Revisit the days before 9/11, and learn how this event impacted these four students. 

  1. This Very Tree: A Story of 9/11, Resilience, and Regrowth

As shared from the stance of a tree surviving 9/11, the tree’s home was damaged. Moving away temporarily allowed the tree to recover before returning to its former site. 

  1. 30,000 Stitches: An Inspiring Story of the National 9/11 Flag

Alongside your students, find the story of the 9/11 flag from ground zero. Today it’s a symbol that binds up the country. 

  1. I Survived the Attacks of September 11, 2001

Although graphical, this novel fuses both historical facts with a persuasive story to tell of the events of 9/11. 

  1. Official Book of the National September 11 Memorial

This book, written by the National September 11 Memorial and Museum, honors those who lost their lives to the attack and celebrates the spirit of hope as it tells the tale of rescue, recovery, and the construction of the memorial plaza and its museum. 

  1. Fireboat

Relatable to real events, this book discusses the story behind the retired John J. Harvey fireboat and how it aided in battling the outrageous flames on that fateful day. 

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