Commemorating and Teaching 9/11

Resources for Teaching

9/11 Tribute: Empire State Of Mind By The Children of NYC

Teaching 9/11

Foundational Lesson

Use this lesson as a foundation to introduce 9/11 and its aftermath to students. As part of the lesson, students will be asked to consider what they know about 9/11 and what they would want to learn about the attacks. Suggested resources, including images, are provided.

Visit the 9/11 Memorial website for more standards based lesson plans and resources at all grade levels.

K-2 Lessons

3-5 Lessons

6-8 Lessons

9/11 Fact Sheet with Images

9/11 Fact Sheet Intermediate

How to Teach 9/11 to Students With No Memory of It

This ARTICLE offers interesting insight - helping students understand why the world is the way it is today.

Reading About 9/11

Grades K-3 - Teaching Compassion and Community

Visit 14 Cows for America for more information and the 14 Cows Teacher Guide.

In 2001, a Maasai student in New York witnessed the horrific events of 9/11. When he returned to his village, he brought with him the sad story from America. The tribe’s grief at the news quickly turned to a plan for help as Kimeli Naiyomah’s people offered the most precious gift they could think of to those who lost so much: their cows. In Kimeli’s words, “to heal a sorrowing heart, give something that is dear to your own.” This story conveys a message of hope and healing across the world, and continues to inspire acts of compassion by communities everywhere
14 Cows for America (Book Reading)

The Little Chapel That Stood

St. Paul's Chapel survived the collapse of the Twin Towers on 9/11. It is widely believed the church was protected by a giant sycamore tree that was planted in St. Paul’s graveyard.

In the tragic aftermath of 9/11, St. Paul’s Chapel became a haven for rescue and recovery workers at Ground Zero. More than 5,000 volunteers worked long hours at the church, cleaning, serving hot meals, and providing comfort to all who came to the church for rest and refuge.

The Little Chapel That Stood

Additional Sites with Reading Selections

Use or adapt this Reporting the News Response Sheet when reading news articles.

Scholastic: Remembering 9/11 - Links to several articles

News for Kids

Providing a Visual Overview

What Happened On September 11, 2001? (child friendly 9+)
Make math connections with this World Trade Center Infographic.

Find the math in this article about the Twin Towers.

Take Action - Teach Students to Create Positive Change in the World

GenerationOn has many resources for classroom service projects. Service-learning is a research-based teaching and learning strategy that engages youth in service to meet learning objectives and address real-world issues.

Mapping 9/11 Memorials

Use this Interactive 9/11 Memorial map to show students the impact 9/11 had around the world.

Ten Year Time Lapse Video - Building the 9/11 Memorial

Digging Deeper

For students who are interested in architecture, engineering and the building of the 9/11 Memorial, here are a few links to videos they might like to view and research.

About the Memorial

Ground Zero Now

Reflections on the 9/11Memorial

Walls of Glass

Solving an Engineering Problem


Compare to the Construction of the Twin Towers

Building the Twin Towers