This lesson goes along with the Memorials Gallery.
Arts & Crafts, Service, Social Studies
|K, 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th, 5th||
Learn about the 9/11 Memorials and create your own.
|Activity Prep||Materials||Heart Badges|
Paper, Pencil, Markers/crayons, Memorials slide show
|General, Rescue, Veterans|
EXPLAIN: Memorials are built to honor people who have died during a particular historical event, or people who have made a big impact on history.
- Do you know of any memorials?
- Have you visited a memorial before? If so, describe it.
EXPLAIN: Memorials try to portray what happened, or something about it, in their design. They also try to honor the people who died.
SHOW: Slideshow of memorials.
EXPLAIN: There are memorials all over the world. But today, we’re learning about the 9/11 memorials, which were built to honor and remember that event and the people who gave their lives that day.
GROUP: Students into 3 groups, each group assigned to a memorial.
- Visit https://911lesson.org/memorials/
- Look for information on the memorial you have been assigned.
- Make sure to identify:
- How the victims are recognized
- How symbols were used in the design of the memorial
- What each member of your group finds most interesting about the memorial.
- Share what you’ve learned with the class.
- What did you find most interesting?
- How were the memorials similar/different?
INSTRUCT: Now you will get the opportunity to design your own 9/11 memorial.
- Think about where it would go.
- Think about whether you will concentrate on a group of victims or all of them.
- Choose a way to express what happened through symbols.
- Draw a picture of your memorial.
- Label the different elements of your memorial.
DISCUSS: Why is it important to remember the past, and what can we learn from it so that the future is better?