Homes of the World


The lesson introduces students to the wide variety of places throughout the world people call a house or home.  Many young students do not realize that everyone does not live in a house or apartment like theirs, and a home in another part of the world may be much different.  However, it is stressed that regardless of the physical design of a living space, it is still a home to those who live there, and the size and location does not change that fact or make anyone better, worse, good, or bad.  It is highly recommended teachers use the additional resources to present images of homes from around the world to their students.  The lesson may be used in conjunction with lessons related to different cultures or other similar topics.

Homes of the World Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about the Homes of the World
  • Hands-on homework activities
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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The lesson introduces students to all the different kinds of places people throughout the world call a house or home. The terms house and home are both defined. Several types of homes, like snow houses and yurts are described with illustrations. Throughout the lesson it is stressed that no type of home is better than another, nor are the people who live there.  The lesson can be used in conjunction with lessons related to world cultures.

Sample Classroom Procedure/Teacher Instruction: 

  1. Ask students to describe the place where they live. Ask them to include the parts of the place such as stairs, walls, the different rooms, etc.
  2. Display a list of the students’ responses. Once a comprehensive list is completed, ask students to name some of the things from the list that nearly all homes may include:  roof, rooms, walls, etc.  Circle the items on the list.
  3. Ask students: Do you believe homes in other parts of the world have the same parts?  Why or why not?  What things might be different about homes in other parts of the world?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce Homes of the World.
  5. Distribute Homes of the World content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Save the final question for the lesson closing.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Pair students.  Distribute the supplies available for the students to build their own model home.  (Teachers may choose other materials than those listed.)  Circulate through the room, encourage students to plan before beginning the construction.  Allow sufficient time for completion.
  7. Once the class has completed the homes, student pairs may give “tours” of their home to another pair of students, or allow each pair to share with the entire class.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review the students’ responses.
  10. In closing, ask students: If you and your family had to move to another type of home in the world from the list above, which type would you choose and why?

Common Core State Standards:


Class Sessions (45 minutes): at least 3 class sessions

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Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade


Social Studies

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