I’m sure we’re all aware that Sunday marks the 10th anniversary of the attack on our country. I felt like my 3 oldest kids were old enough this year to study about September 11. We decided to do the Hands of a Child lapbook (which is only $1 if you buy it before September 11! http://handsofachild.com/)
I received this lapbook for free in order to do this review.
This particular project pack was written for grades 2nd through 8th. The kids I had working on it were 2nd, 4th, and 5th grades.
We started by reading the research guide over two days. It was so comprehensive that I didn’t add anything else to it. (The only thing that I might still add is some information about Todd Beamer, a Christian passenger on the flight that crashed in Pennsylvania. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Todd_Beamer) There is information in the project pack about each of the flights, the buildings that were attacked, a timeline of events, Osama bin Laden, Islamic extremists and terrorism, the rescue heroes, long-term impact, and memorials. There are 21 lapbook activities ranging from interviewing someone, writing a letter, designing a memorial, and playing a game. One activity that I felt was really neat was the Hero Qualities Game. I’m always trying to help my children grow in character, and it’s wonderful to focus on something great that came out of this tragedy–the heroes who did wonderful things to help and save others.
In view of the little time we had to spend on this subject (it wasn’t originally in my plans), I decided that the kids would do one lapbook with 7 activities each. We were able to finish all of it in one day (plus the 2 days of reading).
I do recommend this lapbook to anyone who would like to study September 11. Lapbooks are always a fun way to learn a subject, even a very difficult subject such as this.
Notice that he drew an octagon in the first picture, then changed it to a pentagon in the next!