September 11th

I know most of us can remember 10 years ago today like it was yesterday.  I was doing my student teaching in a 1st grade classroom when we had a 5th grader come by and tell us that a plane had crashed into the World Trade Center.  The first grade teachers turned on a tv in the pod area and we all took turns during the day watching the days events while going on with our teaching like nothing had happened so we didn't scare any of the little ones.  That afternoon, some idiot person had called in a bomb threat to our entire corporation and all of the schools had to be evacuated.  It was definitely a day that none of us will every forget.  
However, even though it is forever etched in our memories, our own students were not even alive.  That is just amazing to think about.  Every year I read this book to my class:
 It's a great kid friendly book that I use to lead a discussion about September 11th.  I tell them how I will always remember where I was and how I felt on that day.  I also explain to them that my brother is now in the Air Force because he wanted to help our country after this event.  On Monday, I will be sending this home for homework.  Just click on the pictures to download.

Did you do anything special to discuss September 11th with your students?


  1. That note is perfect since I’ll be reading the same book. It’s hard to find an age appropriate activity, but Sunny Days in Second Grade posted a super cute activity. I made some printables to go along with it and posted them on my blog.


    The Sharpened Pencil

  2. *I have this book and read it every truly is beautiful

  3. Wow, it's a perfect activity! Thank you very much.

  4. Do you know where that book can be purchased? Amazon has it listed for over $50! It looks like a great book for first graders.

  5. Thank you! I had already planned to read this book, this is a great activity and letter. Thank you!

  6. Yes! I would love to have this book too, but every place I looked (Barnes and Noble, ebay, amazon) all listed it between $50-$150!

  7. Oh my! I can't believe this book is so expensive now. I had gotten it from a Scholastic Book order for a couple of dollars, but it's been at least 7 years ago. Sorry. I hope you can find it cheaper somewhere. What a shame!

  8. Love this book also. Found you on Pinterest! :) Thanks for the letter. Great idea with our students.

    Mrs. Flickinger's Butterfly Oasis


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