Lesson Focus and Goals:
- To discuss what it might feel like traveling to a new planet
- To have an empathetic conversation about leaving their home
- To illustrate or write about the one item they would take with them if they had to leave Earth
- Other craft supplies
To discuss, understand and create a piece of work that describes/depicts what one item they would take with them if they had to leave Earth
Structure / Activity:
- Class discussion about how they would feel leaving their home to move to a new planet, to be going on a new adventure
- As a class watch Dragana Jurišić‘s video ‘Something from there’ and look at the items people chose to take with them when they left their homes. (hundredheroines.org/featured/something-from-there/)
- Within pairs/small groups, discuss what item feels like home to them and what they would take with them if they had to move to a new planet. Share with the class a few students’ ideas.
- Individually, students can illustrate their item in any creative medium they want – drawings, a story, a letter, a poem etc. Students should focus on how that item makes them feel.
- As a class, share the final creations and engage in an empathetic dialogue around their choices.
This task is to inspire creativity and empathy by understanding what it may feel like to leave their homes, this can encourage students to understand the hardships some families go through. By linking it back to their own interepations of traveling to a new planet – students can choose any emotion to focus on whether that’s sadness to leave or excitement to go!