Workbook | Discussing Poverty
We designed this resource to discuss poverty with students in an age-appropriate manner. The workbook is broken up into three age groups: K-2, 3-5, and 6-8 with relevant English Languages Arts standards addressed per section.
The first section discusses “Those Shoes” by Maribeth Boelts and “Last Stop on Market Street” by Matt de la Peña. Written with K-2 students in mind, the material is structured in a “before, during, and after reading” format to promote thoughtful dialogue between students and teacher.
The second section discusses “Great Joy” by Kate DiCamillo and “Adrian Simcox Does Not Have a Horse” by Marcy Campbell. Designed for grades 3-5, we’ve added a written component for the students to record their thoughts prior to discussing with a group.
The final section discusses “A Different Pond” by Bao Phi. Styled to prompt longer writing reflections in 6-8 students, this section contains a learning extension to promote nonfictional research on the topic of climate refugees.
Each grade band includes a “Call to Action”; a way for students to address the issues they’ve discussed by taking actionable steps in their school and community. We hope you find this resource meaningful for your students. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have questions!