Our homeless population is not invisible. On a given night, there are approximately 643,000 people experiencing homelessness. It's a problem being addressed in many different ways throughout the United States. In Austin, we have a one of a kind accommodation for the homeless. Community First! Village is a planned community village to provide housing the the chronically homeless and disabled. It's 27 acres is filled with mobile homes, tiny houses, services, and many different ways to provided a sense of community for the homeless.
The following video is a TED Talk by Rex Hohlbein who speaks about being more aware of the person (real people) who suffers from homelessness. By reaching out to these homeless people, Rex grew to appreciate how amazing their were.
Introducing the project based learning unitStudents begin the unit by learning more about the homeless.
- Research information about homelessness
- Invite representatives from different organizations to speak to the students
- Students can plan what they would like to include in their community
- Groups will decide on the vision, mission, and Core Values for the community
Design homes for the community
Students can design a tiny house and a mobile home to house the residents of the community. I've provided websites for floor plans with furniture. Students can then create models of the homes. The community will also include recreation, arts and items to sell, and ways to involve the local community.
Activities on Acceptance and Tolerance
To further appreciate and understand others, I've provided:
- Likes and Differences lemon/orange activity
- Paper Plate Portrait for understanding prejudice
- Narrative and Opinion Writing with photographs
- Opportunities for reflection
- PowerPoint which sparks discussion about powerful words concerning the homeless
Plan a Community incorporates technology and 21st Century Skills, collaborative learning, and provides for differentiation. Students can invite parents, classmates, and community leaders for the presentation of the project. You never know, this may be a solution to homelessness in your community. All proceeds from this project will be donated to Community First! Village in Austin.
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