Fallen Stars

Lesson Type(s) Grade(s) Description

Social-Emotional, Social Studies, Service

K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th

Create star ornaments to honor the victims of 9/11.

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Star ornaments or material to make them, string, markers, colored pencils, watercolors, acrylic paint, pencils, ruler




  • Are there any people in your life that you don’t get to see anymore that you miss?
  • Are there any people that have died that you wish you had gotten to meet when they were alive?

EXPLAIN: It’s normal to miss people you don’t get to see anymore. But you can remember the good times you had with them, or keep something of theirs to remind you of them.

EXPLAIN: On September 11, 2001, 2,977 people died in a terrorist attack by Al Qaeda. On September 11th every year, we honor them. At some places, they read their names aloud to remember.

DISCUSS: What are other ways you might remember someone who is gone or had died?

EXPLAIN: Today, we’re going to be making star ornaments to honor the victims of 9/11.


OPTIONAL: REVIEW: the Victims Gallery on 911lesson.org and choose an individual to dedicate your star to.


  • What kinds of drawings might be appropriate to put on the star?
  • What kinds of words might be appropriate to put on the star?


  1. Pick a victim of the 9/11 attacks.
  2. Make or retrieve your star ornament.
  3. Decorate that star with whatever colors, shapes, and words you want to honor that victim or all the victims on 9/11.
  4. Brainstorm a meaningful place to hang your star.


DISCUSS: How can we honor people who have died so that we can feel less sad?