Lesson Plans – Children

Ali’s Story: The Impact of Child Labor –  middle school  or high school
Source: Teach UNICEF
Raises awareness of the impact of child labor, examines acceptable and un-acceptable work for children, explores solutions to abusive forms of child labor.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, geography


Children’s Rights

Source: Oxfam
A six-lesson unit that introduces the rights of the child and provides activities that stress debating, writing, and art work.  
Grade Level: elementary
Subject Area: social studies, language arts, art


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


Child Rights
Source: UNICEF
Raises awareness of child and family rights, specifically in regard to the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC).
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies


Children’s Rights—No Child Too Far

Source: UNICEF Canada website
This website with curriculum resources has three main sections: An Introduction to Children’s Rights focusing on the Convention on the Rights of the Child; An Agenda For Change which includes global content on the rights of children along with interactive games, resources and activities; Children’s Rights are Connected to the Curriculum, which has a comprehensive set of resources for grades K-12 about the rights of children and their connections to various curricular areas.
Grade Level:  K – high school
Subject Area:  Cross-disciplinary


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 


Circle of Rights. Economic, Social & Cultural Rights Activism

Source: International Human Rights Internship Program
This curriculum module is an introduction to children’s economic, social, and cultural rights with case studies and resources. (See Module 5, “Children and SEC Rights”)
Grade Level: high school – adult
Subject Area: social studies


History, Human Rights, and the Power of One: Modern-Day Slavery in the USA –
 Youth for Sale
Source: Fredrick Douglass Family Initiative and Not My Life
Two history-based modules that focus on the problem of slavery in the USA by introducing the legal framework of abolition in the US (including the 13th Amendment of the US. Constitution, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and the US Trafficking Victims Protection Act) along with stories from survivors of slavery, from the past and present. The second module, “Youth for Sale,” provides a basic understanding of the labor and sexual exploitation of children around the world.
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, current events, US History


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


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


Understanding Children’s Rights: The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child

Source: Human Rights and Peace Store
Includes 11 lesson plans to help students understand children’s rights.
Price: About $9
Grade Level: middle – high school
Subject Area: social studies, service learning