September 11th, Patriot Day, is upon us. It is a National day of service and remembrance for those who died in the 9-11 terrorist attacks. We are asked to fly flags at half-staff, observe a moment of silence at 8:46 am, and volunteer throughout our community. For young students, they weren’t even born in 2001 nor have the means to volunteer. However, it is so important to make sure we “never forget” all those who lost their lives. The best way to carry on their memories is to explain how so many people helped each other on that day. Random Acts of Kindness were happening everywhere which helped bring our country together. If everyone was to do one nice thing for one person just like “Ordinary Mary” then each one of us could have a lasting effect on the entire world.
- Share Emily Pearson’s picture book, Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deed. Some say that it is too long for one sitting. You can share excerpts or break the book up into sections. Here is a video clip – Ordinary Mary’s Extraordinary Deeds You Tube Clip.
- Talk about the impact good deeds, big or small, have on people’s lives.
- Brainstorm different deeds students can perform around the school community.
- Have students commit to one good deed and fill in the heart on the earth- Individual Hearts. Display Earth’s deeds in a heart shape to remind the students how kindness can change the world.
- Make a class commitment to write a thank you or letter to local volunteers or heroes – Class Earth.
- Additional Ideas: K-12 Lesson, Emily Blog, Analyze and share the poem below.
The Bravest Thing
And think them brave and fine.