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Grade Levels
4th - 9th, Homeschool
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70 pages
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(TPT Featured Product) Students are going to establish a community of tiny homes for the homeless. After researching the different causes and effects of homelessness, they will plan the community with services and activities. This PBL unit focuses on a real-world problem, while incorporating 21st century skills. I am so proud of the project and I think your students will love it. It is based on a community for the homeless that has been established here in Austin. (ALL PROCEEDS FROM THIS UNIT WILL BE DONATED TO COMMUNITY FIRST! VILLAGE IN AUSTIN, TX)

Click HERE to learn more about Plan a Community

This PBL unit incorporate 21st Century skills with challenging, engaging, and creative activities. There are lots of opportunities for differentiation, cooperative learning, and technology integration.

**From a Buyer "My students and I have loved this project. I used it as a capstone project in Environmental Science and worked in several field trips and guest speakers along with students having to create a sustainable green model home and a community map that considered garden areas, public transport, green space, wastewater treatment, etc. I also found a podcast too that worked well with this project."

***Teachers, if you want to go digital with this project with collaborative research and organizing the project, take a look at my Project Based Learning Digital Interactive Notebook and Project Based Learning Digital Teacher Planner.

In this unit:

Read information and statistics about homeless.

Visit the website of Community First! Village and learn about the layout, houses/trailers, services

Design layout of your community and write a description of your community

Interview someone who is connected with an organization that provides services to the homeless

I Wonder – Write questions you have as you progress through the project.

Research packet (Students or groups select one area of homeless population to research) Be creative in presenting the information to an audience.

Decide on vision, mission, and core values; also a name for your community

Ideas for entertainment center

Ideas for outdoor entertainment

Creative arts center

Garden and farm area

Add any extra service to your community

Design a mobile home – Use the online planner to design the layout of the furniture of the mobile home.

Design a tiny house – Use the online planner to design the layout of the furniture in the tiny house.

Templates for mobile home and tiny house

Use Canva to design a infographic

Likes and Differences activity to understand

Paper Plate Portraits with PicCollage

Opinion Writing – Why do you think people become homeless?

Narrative Writing – How did he get here?

Powerpoint – Powerful words to discuss in small groups

A Bit More… Website resources and Newsela reading passage.

Evite to attend the opening of your community

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**Note: Activities can easily be adapted for enrichment or gifted students in other grade levels.

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