How do homes around the world compare to each other?

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This is an introduction to the new unit that you can do after the previous unit’s assessment or start class with it and immediately lead into the first lesson.

Duration: ~ 20 minutes


  • Download the “Objective Sheet” and “Homework” from the download on the main unit page
    • Print/copy for each student (can be put front/back)
  • Optional props to help with comprehension

Introduce Unit 

Start by introducing the new unit to the students to let them know what they will be learning.

Essential Question

Introduce the essential question(s) for the unit.

See what they already think.

Option: Start a journal (written or video). Give them time to reflect back on their initial thoughts after the lessons.

Unit Objectives

This part can be done in English if it is above their proficiency level. Pass out the Objective Sheet for this unit to students. 

Go through the questions below and make a list of what they say. Idea: Put up a piece of large paper on the wall/board. This could be a modified KWL chart.

What words and phrases do you ALREADY know to complete the objectives?

What authentic resources will you be reading and listening to based on the objectives?

What are some CRUCIAL words and phrases you need to complete the objectives?

What else would you like to know about this topic?

Have them circle their proficiency goal at the bottom. Refer back to the rubric if needed.

If you want to do a pre-assessment, they could try to do each of the objectives.

Read more: Objective Sheets


Give them the experiences sheet. Go over the options. See if they have any other ideas that would connect with the 5 C’s (community, cultures, communication, connections, comparisons). Explain how, how many, and when to turn it in. 

Read more: Homework


Extension Ideas:

  • For level 2 students and higher, give them a pre-assessment to see their strengths and areas for growth.
  • Make some cross-curricular connections: Any other class looking at structure/designs? Real estate agents? Trade jobs? Issues/solutions in housing? Housing non-profit groups?

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