Happy to Have a Home

Happy to Have a Home

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Storyboard Description

A short story to teach children from grades 4-6 about those experiencing homelessness and the cause and affects of it.

Storyboard Text

  • L'école Anglaise Des Enfants
  • Peace!
  • Bonjour!
  • What does a perfect world mean to you?
  • Identify some of our basic needs.
  • ASSEMBLY at 1pm
  • No name-calling.
  • No violence.
  • Ms.Hall's class
  • No racism.
  • Needs: •Food •Water •Shelter
  • Why is shelter a basic need?
  • Homes are important because they are places where people feel safe and loved.
  • •Watching Tv •Playing with my dog •Spending time with my family •Eating yummy food •Sleeping in a bed
  • Sad
  • Poor
  • If I didn't have a home, I'd feel: •Sad •Unsafe •Scared •Empty •Poor
  • Scared
  • Unsafe
  • Yes!
  • Have you ever seen someone who lived on the streets and did not have a home?
  • Yes!
  • Yes!
  • Yes!
  • •No Job •Natural Disasters -- fire, earthquake, tsunami •Domestic Violence •Substance Abuse and Addiction •Mental Health Issues
  • Pick a number from the hat and get in circles of groups of six . Pass the numbers around as the music plays. Leave the circle if your number is called once the music stops.
  • It was a beautiful Monday morning in Chateaugay, Montréal, in Ms.Hall's fifth grade class at L'école Anglaise Des Enfants.
  • Ms.Hall asked all the students to put their thinking caps on and think about what a "perfect world" means to them. The class was buzzing with voices and the space was soon filled with ideas flying across the room.
  • The class made their way to the easel and identified food, water and shelter as basic needs. Ms.Hall asked the class to think about why shelter was a basic need.
  • Ms.Hall asked if all homes were the same and why they are different. She asked the class to give examples of different kinds of homes.
  • "How would you feel if you didn't have a home?" Ms.Hall asked. "What are some things you enjoy because you have a home?" Everyone shared their ideas and Ms.Hall wrote them down on the board.
  • Ms.Hall asked the class if they ever saw someone who lived on the streets and did not have a home? The class replied in unison -- "Yes!"
  • The class discussed a few reasons why someone might experience homelessness.
  • Ms.Hall gave all the students numbers from one to nine, and told everyone to form circles in groups of six. She instructed that everyone passes the numbers in a circle as the music plays, and for bearers of the numbers to be called, to sit down, leaving the circle; once the music stops.
  • As the game progressed, more and more people started sitting down, and seemed sad. Those still seated on the chairs in cirlces, started looking worried.
  • The class discussed how they felt when they had to sit out and they all agreed that it was a sad experience. "Likewise, the individuals experiencing homelessness often are faced with various hardships making them sad." Ms.Hall remarked. The class decided to help those experiencing homelessness by having a clothing drive and making posters for the school.
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