Humans are the most adaptable animal on the planet, in part because of the ability to build shelter to suit the environment. Different areas of the world require different types of housing for protection from the elements. Teaching students about different homes from around the world is achieved at many age levels with lesson plan activities to suit the grade level.
Homes Around The World
This project is geared toward preschool students and raises awareness of differences in homes. Gather pictures of different homes from magazines. Talk about different types of homes with the children and ask them about their homes. Ask why humans live in homes and not outside, like other animals. Ask children to search the magazines for different types of houses and cut the pictures from the pages. Glue the pictures onto a larger sheet of paper to form a collage. Ask the children what they think it would be like to live in the houses in the pictures. As a journal activity, paste the pictures on separate pieces of paper and assist the children with writing their comments underneath the pictures.
A House is a House for Me
This activity is suitable for early elementary grades. Read the book, "A House Is a House for Me," by Mary Ann Hoberman. Talk about the types of homes in the book with the class. Discuss different words that mean "home," such as igloo, hut, adobe or tent. Choose a home to build as a class and construct a model home from the appropriate materials, such as cloth and sticks for a tent or clear marbles for an igloo.
This activity is suitable for second grade or third grade students learning about maps. Distribute a map of the world to each student with printouts of homes from different areas of the world, such as igloos, huts, nomad tents and wooden homes. Assign the class to match the home to the area of the world where it is most commonly found. Share the answers with the rest of the class or use the project as an assessment after discussing different homes from around the world.
Sell This House
This activity is suitable for older elementary or early middle school students. Break students up in groups and give each group a home not typically found in their community. Assign each group to write three sentences expressing the advantages of the home, then three sentences expressing the disadvantages of the home. The group will then write a real estate listing for the home using the six sentences to defend the asking price. Students can share the project or try to convince other groups to buy the home. This activity raises awareness of different homes and the lifestyles of others.