Refugees: Finding a Place (K-2)

Unit of 3 Lessons
Grade Levels: 
K
1
2
Subjects: 
Language Arts
Philanthropy
Social Studies
Issue Area: 
Fairness
Focus Question 

How do people become refugees? How does the plight of refugees affect us? What is our responsibility to address the needs of refugees? 

 

Photo Credit:  Congo Refugee by Steve Evans is licensed under CC by 2.0

Unit Overview 

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.

Service Experience 
The learners will come to consensus on a plan to provide service to benefit refugees or other children in need.
Lessons in This Unit 
Unit: 
Refugees: Finding a Place (K-2)
Lesson 1 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

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.

Unit: 
Refugees: Finding a Place (K-2)
Lesson 2 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

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.

Unit: 
Refugees: Finding a Place (K-2)
Lesson 3 of 3
Grades: 
K
1
2

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.