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Houses and Homes Around the World

Students will learn about the different kinds of houses people live in around the world and how they relate to a culture, environment, and country.
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This social studies lesson plan introduces young learners to different types of houses and homes around the world. With the help of the book Houses and Homes by Ann Morris, students will use critical thinking skills to explore how weather, environment, and other factors impact the kinds of houses that are built in different places. Children will then draw a picture of their own home. Designed for kindergarteners and first graders, this lesson is a great way to engage young minds in a discussion about diversity, community, and cultures.

Students will have knowledge of different kinds of houses around the world.

(10 minutes)
  • Tell students that today we are going to learn about houses.
  • Ask students if they know what their homes are made from. Give them possible materials like wood or concrete.
  • Tell the students that people around the world have different kinds of houses due to the weather, climate, and living conditions of their environment.
  • Ask the students if they can think of any examples. If not, give them some examples.
(20 minutes)
  • Show the students the pictures from Houses and Homes and explain to them why the houses differ.
  • Tell the students the names of the cities or countries these houses are in as well. If time permits, explain to them the culture of the people in the picture.
(10 minutes)
  • Ask the students what they think about the pictures. Possible questions include: Do you think that living in an igloo would be a good option in South Africa? Why do you think that Eskimos live in igloos?
  • Ask students why they think their homes are built the way they are.
(30 minutes)
  • Ask students to work on the About My Home worksheet.
  • When the students are done, have them present their work one by one in front of the classroom.
  • Enrichment: For advanced students, let them work on the worksheet on their own.
  • Support: Help struggling students with the worksheet individually.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students to explain why houses and homes differ in different places.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students what their favorite part of the lesson today was.

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