Aims and Objectives:
To explore the range of children's own feelings and emotions (positive and negative).
To introduce children to the concept of being a refugee.
To understand that children, regardless of circumstances and where they live, have the same needs and feelings.
To empathise with the feelings and needs of child refugees.
A simple front page of a newspaper - with headline, subtitles, picture, caption and a story.
Activity 1: Feelings
Collection of photographs of people: eg from magazines, newspapers
Worksheet 1: Feelings - key words
1) Whole class: Introduce children to pictures of people and elicit ideas on what they might be feeling, and why?
Write key words on board - children share examples of what makes them happy, sad, angry etc.
2) Model example of writing a sentence about one of the photographs.
2) Distribute photos of people and key word cards to class groups. Children match words to pictures as a group. Each child takes one photo and key word, and writes a sentence about the picture.
Activity 2: Families and Homes
Large pictures of different families.
Books about different families eg Wake up world! A day in the life of children around the world Oxfam ISBN 0-7112-1484-0
Talk about families and homes. What is important to me?
Draw a spidergram on board with 'me' in centre, and elicit ideas from class on what is important - this should include family members, friends, as well as material items.
Children draw their own spidergrams, using words and/or pictures.
Activity 3: Being a refugee
'Carly' video - available free from UNHCR
Worksheet 2: 'Refugee children's stories'
Introduce concept of 'refugee': Some children have to leave their homes because they are in danger. Discuss reasons why people may need to leave their homes.
Read aloud to class: 'A refugee child's story' - or watch 'Carly' video.
Discuss the stories with the class. Discuss the feelings of the children, and/or Carly's feelings.
Activity 4: Newspaper Article
Worksheet 3: Newspaper front page - teacher.
Worksheet 4: Newspaper front page - pupil.
Enlarge worksheet 3 to A3, and use this to explain task to class.
Photocopy and give one worksheet to each child. Children draw a picture and retell the story.
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