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Topic: Poverty

Learning Outcomes

  • To gain an understanding of what it means to be ‘homeless’
  • To gain an appreciation for the difficult decisions that homeless people sometimes have to make
  • To recognise the various ways in which the public can help to combat homelessness



The teacher will ask the class to explain what they think of when they hear the word ‘home’.

Having made a web diagram of all of the words on the board, the teacher will ask each of the children if any of the words resonates with them specifically.

A KWL chart will be created.

The teacher will also ask the children questions surrounding the topic of homelessness, such as:

What is homelessness?

How do people become homeless (do you think?)

How do you think you might feel if you were to lose your home?


The children will watch a video focusing on homelessness from a child’s perspective:

The children will discuss their thoughts on the video afterwards and the teacher will ask questions regarding the video also.

Separately, the children will complete a worksheet, which will elicit answers to some of the following questions:

  • How did the boy in the video become homeless?
  • How did he feel when he lost his home, do you think?
  • What do you think he misses about his home?
  • Are any human rights being neglected in this video?
  • Is this boy’s homelessness permanent do you think?


Again discuss with the class, their feelings if they were to be made homeless. The teacher would also ask the children to explore what they could do to help people whom are homeless, and perhaps also suggest what other’s can do to help people whom are homeless.

The KWL Chart will be revisited and updated based on the learning that has taken place.


Other Resources for teaching this topic

  • YouTube – The video used during the development of the lesson will be from
  • The worksheet can optionally be interactive on Google Forms

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Migration / Homelessness


Migration / Homelessness

LT focus:develop the concept of justice, responsibility and empathy through a discussion of issues such as “Why share?”, “Why be sorry?”, “Why be kind to each other?”

Background for teacher: Article 27 of the Convention on the Rights of the Child states that “Children have the right to a standard of living that is good enough to meet their physical and mental needs.” This Article also states that “Governments should help families and guardians to provide this, particularly with regard to food, clothing and housing.”


  1. Read the book: the Way back home by Oliver Jeffares-Discuss-What happened to the main character?
  2. Think-pair-share-How did he feel at the start/middle/end of the story?


Children respond to the story by painting/drawing pictures of the main characters and showing how he feels when he is away from his home.


Children can take photos and share to google classroom for whole class discussion. Teacher is looking to provoke the fairness and equality of the boy not having his home. The next stage might be to discuss and brainstorm “ Homelessness” as in the first lesson explores the idea of a person temporarily not having a home.

Other teacher resources for teaching this topic: