The unit planned by Jennifer was intended for second graders. I modified this unit by making it first grade friendly. I chose a read-aloud not recommended from this site that I knew was understandable for six and seven year olds. The children had little knowledge of homeless people, so we connected every lesson with two characters in this book. By the end of the unit, the children were very active in wanting to understand the homeless and how we can, as a community, reach out to help them.
Understand the importance of needs vs. wants in order to live.
Come together as a community to educate people about homeless people.
Collect, sort, and deliver clothing collections for our homeless drive.
index.asp?CID=1&PID=8 was used to gain information on statistics related to homeless families in New York. In addition, this site gave me information on how the community reaches out to the homeless and how our school community can help.
I assessed my students by creating individual KWL charts. These charts gave me information on what they knew before the unit and what they learned from the unit.
This was a fun unit because the children enjoyed getting together to help people in need. For first grade children, I highly recommend connecting these lessons with characters in a story; it motivates children as they feel a special connection to these characters.
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