Students reflect on basic needs that may be difficult to meet when one doesn’t have a home. They take action by creating personal hygiene kits or asking a local nonprofit how they can help support their efforts to assist homeless people.
One 45-Minute Session, Plus time to plan and carry out a service project
The learners will:
Students make personal hygiene kits to distribute to homeless people. The kits may include items such as deodorant, toothpaste and toothbrush, shampoo, soap, and wet wipes. Many local businesses may be willing to donate supplies or donate money for this project. Ask students to plan and carry out this project. Provide the following guidelines:
Note: Be sensitive to the personal experience of the students. Some may be currently homeless. The lesson may generate discussion that may make them feel uncomfortable, or it may provide the empathy to allow them to discuss the issue in a safe environment.
Ask students to write a paragraph or bulleted list describing their morning or evening routine, including the use of clothing, make-up, cleansing products, electric appliances, food-preparation supplies, and rooms in their home. Note: be sensitive to students who may not have the privilege of the supplies for a satisfactory routine. This may be a personal reflection, not shared aloud, but simply to raise awareness of the types of things we may take for granted in our routines.
When youth offer their opinions and suggestions to the service projects, they are using their voice - an instrumental part of service-learning. Conclude this lesson with a brainstorming session of the things students might do as a class or as individuals to help homeless people. List these suggestions on the display board, grouping those that are similar. Discuss and come to consensus on a service project.
Language Arts: Read about global youth poverty on the Do Something website: http://www.dosomething.org/whatsyourthing/Poverty/Homelessness This includes ideas for taking action.
Math (Statistics): Have students research the statistics about global poverty and which countries are most affected and how.
Research: Look up the guidelines that define what a homeless person is and how they often become homeless. See National Coalition for Homelessness: http://www.nationalhomeless.org/
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