Students read a map infographic and round the number of Syrian refugees from five countries. In a word problem involving hypothetical cooperation between two destination countries for Syrian refugees, student then calculate the mean (average) and find the missing value in a data set to produce a specific average. This activity (which also appears in the Syria Student Magazine (grades 6-8)) correlates with Standard 6.SP.5 for sixth grade mathematics in the Common Core State Standards.
This reader for middle school students explores current issues through informational texts, questions that promote critical thinking, photography from the field, and data analysis exercises involving maps, charts, and graphs. It was developed in conjunction with the Syria Lesson Plan (grades 6-8), but it may be used independent of the lesson as well. Find the lesson under the “Plan” tab in the Armed Conflict topic.
In this lesson, middle school students learn about the plight of Syrian children through their reading and discussion of the Syria Student Magazine (grades 6-8)—found under the “Read” tab in the Armed Conflict topic—and how the Convention on the Rights of the Child establishes rights for all children everywhere. They examine the response of the international community and consider actions they make take themselves as well.
This sheet provides links to 11 one-minute videos created by young Syrian child refugees about their lives in response to the theme “Our Now, Our Future.” After screening four or more for your class, follow up with any or all of the suggested writing/discussion prompts and video creation activities (adaptable for all grade levels).
With each passing day of the continuing conflict in Syria, more and more children fear their future may be fading away.
This film tells the story of a child who risks his safety by transporting goods outside of camp to make a little money to support his family. Student produced video from the Za’atari refugee camp, Syria-Jordan border, 2014.
In a fairy-tale style, the filmmaker tells the story of how a young girl participated in youth empowerment activities in her refugee camp in order to move past the effects of war on her life. The End of Childhood: Student produced video from the Za’atari refugee camp, Syria-Jordan border, 2014.
This video is a love letter to the filmmaker’s homeland of Syria, which he symbolically sends off by courier at the end. Syria My Love: Student produced video from the Za’atari refugee camp, Syria-Jordan border, 2014.