This lesson goes along with the Memorials Gallery.

Lesson Type(s) Grade(s) Description

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.


  1. Visit
  2. Look for information on the memorial you have been assigned.
  3. Make sure to identify:
  4. How the victims are recognized
  5. How symbols were used in the design of the memorial
  6. What each member of your group finds most interesting about the memorial.
  7. 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?