A Tribute to America's Search and Rescue Dogs

Can dogs be heroes? Examine the experience of rescue dogs on 9/11 with a class discussion and small group activity. As learners read about different canine first responders and the roles they played, they design a Medal of Commemoriation for the dog and its service handler.

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CCSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Encourage middle schoolers to read the rest of the book if they want to learn more
  • Assign a short story prompt about a fictional dog in an emergency situation
Classroom Considerations
  • Lesson is based on Dog Heroes of September 11: A Tribute to America's Search and Rescue Dogs, and requires the text for group discussions
  • If you can't locate the extension activity at the provided link, refer to the publisher's website to find it
  • Engaging for dog lovers and historians alike
  • Fosters reading comprehension skills and collaborative discussion
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