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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