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Todd Beamer and 9/11 (September 11th Hero Lesson)

September 11, 2001 was a tragic day in American history. The terror attacks remain a horrific memory for who were alive on 9/11.

However, there were many stories of heroism that deserve to be told. Todd Beamer was an American hero on Flight 93 on September 11th.

Todd Beamer Lesson Plan Bundle

This Todd Beamer lesson plan bundle integrates reading skills and social studies. It focuses on what is means to have bravery and how citizen heroes sacrifice their own safety for the good of others.

Todd Morgan Beamer (November 24, 1968 – September 11, 2001) was an example of heroism for all students to study. He was a passenger on United Airlines Flight 93, which was infamously hijacked during the September 11 attacks in 2001.


What will Students do in this 9/11 Lesson Plan?

Students will view videos of 9/11 imagery, the United Airlines Flight 93 crash sight, and a video for reading skills.

For older students (Grades 4-8), they will also hear audio of Todd Beamer's famous 911 call in which he detailed his plans to overtake the terrorists. There are writing prompts for reflection during this activity.

This lesson bundle is appropriate for upper elementary and middle school. The reading skills will benefit students in grades 3-6.

BONUS 9/11 Activites

[Update] Todd Beamer Lesson Plan

The Todd Beamer lesson plan now includes three days of content to teach!

It is perfect for grades 3-6 who want to integrate social students and reading.

Here are the resources you will receive in this this resource bundle:

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    3 days of 9/11 lesson plans
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    Slideshow on Todd Beamer and September 11th
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    Video: Context Clues and Main Ideas
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    Video: 50-second first responder overview video
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    Biography Reading Practice "Todd Beamer" (Fluency, Vocabulary, Comprehension)
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    Quick write with writing stems, vocabulary, and guiding questions
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    6 Reading Skills Task Cards with Social Studies content

PREVIEW THE TODD BEAMER LESSON

View this 9/11 teaching resource on TeachersPayTeachers. 

[NEW] September 11th Activities!

[UPDATED 9/10/2018] We've added one more set of activities for you and your students!

This September 11th reading activity bundles three different reading pages around one Todd Beamer reading passage.

It's perfect for grades 3-6. You can use it in many different ways:

  • Paired reading stations
  • Take to your seat literacy centers
  • Whole class 9/11 activity
  • Group work
  • 4 separate 30-minute reading lessons

The Todd Beamer Reading Passage is challenging and aligned to standards.

Texas Social Studies TEKS 3.14A:
(14) Culture. The student understands the role of heroes in shaping the culture of communities, the state, and the nation. The student is expected to:
(A) identify and compare the heroic deeds of state and national heroes, including Hector P. Garcia and James A. Lovell, and other individuals such as Harriet Tubman, Juliette Gordon Low, Todd Beamer, Ellen Ochoa, John "Danny" Olivas, and other contemporary heroes.

4th-Grade CCSS:
RI4.3 Explain events, procedures, ideas, or concepts in a historical, scientific, or technical text, including what happened and why, based on specific information in the text.
RI4.4 Determine the meaning of general academic and domain-specific words or phrases in a text relevant to a grade 4 topic or subject area.

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The Todd Beamer Reading Skills is a social studies reading passage that integrates:

  • Fluency practice
  • Main idea questions
  • Vocabulary building with synonyms
  • Timed repeated reading
  • Margin notes