Refugees: Finding a Place (K-2)
Through video, literature, and activities, students learn what it means and feels like to be a refugee. The students distinguish the difference between wants and needs, and plan a project to help refugee families.
Students view a video about a girl named Carly who is forced to leave her home. They define the term refugee and discuss the problems Carly faces in her travels to find a safe place to live. The students examine the reasons refugees must leave their homes.
Students sequence the story of Carly. They view the "How Does It Feel?" poster and discuss their interpretation of its message. Students listen and respond to the true story of a reugee girl in the book The Whispering Cloth.
The students will distinguish the difference between wants and needs. They distinguish between wants and needs by completing an activity in which they must categorize items into wants or needs. Students learn that many times refugees are without basic needs. They respond to a story about a refugee camp, Four Feet, Two Sandals. They come to consensus on a service project to benefit refugees or others in need and plan and implement a student-driven service project. The students create a "story quilt" about their service project as a reflection.