On Monday in social studies, we discussed the tragic events of September 11, 2001. It was a moving, somewhat emotional discussion with many students sharing connections they had to the event. My goal in this lesson was to explain an important event in history, identify what we can learn, and gain appreciation and respect for the victims, survivors, and people who helped and protected us then, and continue to do so now. As we learn about our nation’s history this year, we will inevitably come upon things that are not proud moments, for example, slavery and the destruction of the Native American population; however, we can’t ignore what is not pretty in the past. What I strive to do is focus on the positive and the growth we have made as a nation. We may not be perfect, but I want students to understand the great privilege of being an American and the freedoms we have. I want them to take pride in their country and honor people who serve and protect us, while striving to always improve and address issues of injustice and inequality. My heart is full of love for all who serve our country in the military, police and fire departments, or other ways. Thank you to any of our families this applies to! The students were very fascinated with a virtual tour of the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York, and I told them I would post the address on the blog. I had downloaded a guide that discussed some of the artifacts and how to tour with children. We also watched a video clip of fellow WIS 5th grader teacher Mrs. Robison’s class being visited by her students from the year of 2001. I’m posting both links below. Thank you for taking the time to read this and I hope this may spark meaningful dinner time conversations at home. Bless you all!