September 12th

Today we read this book:

This was my first year to discuss 9.11 in my classroom.  It was very interesting to hear what the kids have seen and heard either on TV or from talking to their families.  They were very impressed that a group of first graders wrote and illustrated this book.  :)  We briefly discussed the events of 9.11.  I wanted to focus more on how they thought first graders in 2001 felt, and how the book/ illustrations made us feel today.  We decided first graders in 2001 must have been scared, sad, and brave.  The illustrations litterally made the class speechless- for a few seconds (which is quite amazing for our little group!) Thier little chins dropped and they gasped.  I was very impressed and proud of our converstaion today about such a "grown-up" topic!

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