International Council for Science. “Climate Refugees and Environmental Migration.”

International Council for Science. “Climate Refugees and Environmental Migration.”

As a high school or undergraduate Social Sciences, Humanities, or Environmental Sciences teacher, you can use this set of computer-based tools to help you in teaching about topics such as Social and Environmental Policy, Climate Change and Human Migration, Climate Refugees/Environmental Migrants, and Climate Justice. This lesson plan enables students to learn about human migration caused by climate change, and the term “climate refugees” and its growing significance. The activity provides insights into geographic locations whose existence is threatened by climate change, and communities that are fleeing their homes, resulting in large-scale migration.

Jennifer James. “Refugee Instructional Activities Common Core Grade.”

Jennifer James. “Refugee Instructional Activities Common Core Grade.”

All of the pins included in this board relate to the Refugee Crisis topic. Many of these resources are complete teaching tools for you to cover the Refugee Crisis in your classroom. Please note that some of the resources start at grade 6 but provide activities and other learning tools up to grade 12.

PBS Point of View. “The Global Refugee Crisis: A Community Responds.”

PBS Point of View. “The Global Refugee Crisis: A Community Responds.”

Daphne Matziaraki’s 24-minute film 4.1 Miles follows local coast guard officers stationed off the Greek island of Lesbos, where thousands of refugees have braved the Mediterranean to flee conflicts at home. The waters of this small island were once tranquil, but the Coast Guard now finds itself overwhelmed by the task of saving hundreds of migrants from drowning at sea every week. Docks previously lined with restaurants have become makeshift first-response centers for the enormous number of people attempting to make the crossing–more than 600,000 from Turkey alone in 2015. Nominated for the 2017 Academy Award for Best Documentary Short Subject. Grades 6 – 12.

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. “Migration and Refugee Lesson Plans.”

Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting. “Migration and Refugee Lesson Plans.”

According to the 2015 International Migration Report from the United Nations, “The number of international migrants worldwide has continued to grow rapidly over the past fifteen years reaching 244 million in 2015, up from 222 million in 2010 and 173 million in 2000.” Forced migration patterns, and the many factors that cause them, are at the heart of many of the world’s 21st century challenges. A dozen lesson plans present entry points to a diversity of stories reflecting the human impact of migration. Note: “Some lessons were written by members of our education team, and others were written and shared by our community of educators. This page will be updated regularly to feature new lessons exploring issues facing the environment, so please check back.” Grades 7 – 12.

Teaching Tolerance. “Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff.”

Teaching Tolerance. “Immigrant and Refugee Children: A Guide for Educators and School Support Staff.”

This guide was created for educators, school support staff and service providers who teach, mentor and help open the doors of opportunity for undocumented youth and unaccompanied and refugee children currently living in the United States. Educators, school support staff and service providers are often the first individuals a student and/or family comes out to as undocumented.

Amnesty International. “8 educational resources to better understand the refugee crisis.”

Amnesty International. “8 educational resources to better understand the refugee crisis.”

The world refugee crisis has led civil society to mobilize, and initiatives calling for greater support to refugees have multiplied across countries. But at the same time, there have been increasing demands, especially from schools on how to work on this issue, asking how to discuss it with young people, or with students. Teachers and educators can use the primary and secondary school curriculum packs containing lesson plans on refugees.

Scholastic. “Refugee Discussion Guide.”

Scholastic. “Refugee Discussion Guide.”

Pre-reading and post-reading activities and questions for discussing key ideas and details, craft and structure, and integration of knowledge and ideas in reading Alan Gratz’s book Refugee. About the book. Three young people are looking for refuge, a place for themselves and their families to live in peace. Separated by decades in time and by oceans in geography, their stories share similar emotional traumas and desperate situations and, at the end, connect in astounding ways. Josef in 1930s Nazi Germany, Isabel in 1990s Cuba, and Mahmoud in present-day Syria — all three hang on to their hope for a new tomorrow in the face of harrowing dangers. Grades 3-5 and 6 – 8.

Immigration History. “Teaching About Refugees and Asylum.”

Immigration History. “Teaching About Refugees and Asylum.”

A compilation of material designed to teach high school students about the history of refugees and asylum seekers. Objectives include: students will be able to identify asylum as a path to lawful status in the United States and explain the main criteria for receiving asylum; students will be able to evaluate the asylum application process; students will learn about how you can stay in the United States if you are in deportation proceedings, called asylum. The site also contains a chronology of laws determining refugee and asylum status in the United States.