Lesson Plans – Children

Child Labor Lesson Plan
Source: Amnesty International, Australia
Children as young as eight years old are working on Indonesian palm oil plantations. Teach your students about child labour and how we can all help end this human rights abuse.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, geography

Children’s Rights
Source: UNICEF Canada
Four activities that introduce students to the Convention on the Rights of the Child.  
Grade Level: elementary
Subject Area: social studies, language arts

Child Labor and the Building of America
Source: Library of Congress
Uses primary source materials related to child labor in America from 1880-1920 to gain expertise in analyzing historical data. Encourages a personal sense that children significantly and heroically affected the building of America.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: social studies, US History

Child Labor in America
Source: Library of Congress
Examine the worlds of real working children, examining, responding to, and reporting on photographs as historical evidence.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, US History

“Do All Children Have Sweet Dreams?”
Source: HRE USA
This lesson invites students to develop an understanding of the basic concepts of needs and wants, but bring their comprehension beyond their own world. Students will also question and discuss how some needs guaranteed in the Convention on the Rights of the Child are met and the difficulties guaranteeing these to all children worldwide.
Grade Level: elementary school
Subject Area: social studies

Human Rights & Justice: An Ancient & Modern Case Study
Source: HRE USA
This lesson challenges students to establish, defend, and complicate their understandings of the relationship between justice and human rights. Students will evaluate both an ancient law code (Hammurabi’s Code) and modern examples of juvenile justice in the United States using relevant articles from the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) and the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC) to determine the ways in which human rights can be challenged or reinforced by different applications of justice.
Grade Level: middle school
Subject Area: social studies

Kid Power
Source: UNICEF
UNICEF Kid Power takes students on a journey where their everyday activity is connected to real-world impact.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies

Children’s Rights Toolkit
Source: The Advocates for Human Rights
Background information, lesson plans, action opportunities, and resources on children’s rights in the United States.
Grade Level: middle – high
Subject Area: social studies, current events 

Economic and Social Rights: Economic Justice
Source: University of Minnesota Center for Human Rights, David Shiman
The distribution of wealth and power within society usually affects a person’s opportunities to achieve full human rights and live a life with dignity. This activity involves the distribution of wealth. It challenges participants to examine the concepts of “fairness” and “responsibility” and reflect on their own actions.
Grade Level: elementary – adult
Subject Area: social studies, economics

Modern Day Slavery
Source: Amnesty International, UK
This resource contains materials for one or two lessons. The activities can be used in a stand-alone lesson or can be incorporated into a scheme of work on related themes.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, current events

Human Rights and Service Learning
Source: Amnesty International USA
An introduction to human rights service learning with a lesson on children’s right to education and health.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, serviced learning

Let’s Take Action
Source: HRE USA
This lesson uses the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), as well as clips from the documentaries “China’s African Takeover” by Unreported World and The Dark Side of Chocolate as an avenue to introduce violations of child rights. Students will create an action plan to address CRC violations and raise awareness about children’s rights.
Grade Level: middle school
Subject Area: social studies

Pressing Human Rights Issues in Africa
Source: HRE USA
Students will be introduced to several pressing human rights issues that are occurring in countries in Africa, and then work in groups to research and create a report on possible ways to improve the human rights situation and present their plan of action to their peers. This lesson is intended to be a follow-up after an introductory lesson on human rights has already taken place.
Grade Level: high school
Subject Area: social studies

Raising Children with Roots, Rights, and Responsibilities: Celebrating the Convention on the Rights of the Child
Authors: Lori DuPont, Joanne Foley, and Annette Gagliardi, published by University of Minnesota Human Rights Resource Center
A full curriculum for pre-school children and their parents to learn about basic human rights and responsibilities through creative activities, games, and songs.
Grade Level: pre-school – kindergarten

Teaching with Documents: Documentation of Child Labor
Source: National Resources
Uses the early 20th century photographs of Charles Hine to study child labor.
Grade Level
: high school
Subject Area: social studies, US History

Teach UNICEF
Source: US Fund for UNICEF
Rich collection of  interdisciplinary resources including lesson plans, stories, and multimedia cover topics ranging from the Millennium Development Goals to Water and Sanitation.
Grade Level: pre-K – high school
Subject Area: social studies, science, math, English/language arts, world languages