Should everyone have a home like mine?

Should everyone have a home like mine?


1. Real Life Situation

Uma has just started in my class at school. They moved here from a long way away, so his parents had to buy a new house for the whole family and their dog to live in.

I am going over to play at Uma’s house later, I wonder what his house will be like. Mine is quite small and I have to share a room with my brother, he leaves his stuff lying all over the floor. In winter it gets really cold and I have to wear my pullover indoors, mummy says it is better to wear a pullover than turn up the heating. Uma was very surprised when I said I wear a pullover inside because his house is so warm.

The best thing about my house is the back garden. I have a great den at the bottom made from lots of things I have found. The shed has all my dads tools in for looking after the garden where we grow lots of flowers, but also food to eat.

Uma said his house is brand new, and has lots of gadgets. Everyone has their own room and they have a huge garden. Uma says the energy comes from the sun!

If I move house I am going to tell my parents exactly what I want it to be like and where I want it to be! It will definitely have a room of my own!


2. Introduction


Amina is visiting her grandmother in Morocco this summer. Her house looks really different compared to our house. The walls are very thick and the windows are small to keep the heat out. The temperature can easily rise to 40 degrees during summer!





3. Task


Not everybody has the same house. What do other houses look like? You will investigate this in the web quest.

Once you have learned about other houses you can design your own house!








4. Activities


Activity 1: What do you need?

Activity 2: A different home

Activity 3: Homes in my country


 Activity 1: What do you need?


Part 1:

Work in small group of 3 or 4

Think about the question: What do you need to survive?

You can think about essentials like water, but you might also feel that other things are important for you as well, for example your computer.

Write down your thoughts.

Now think about what people living in other environments might need:

  1. - What if you lived in a desert?

- What would you need if you lived in the North Pole?


If you look at different people's houses you might be able to tell where they live.  Does where they live affect what they would need to survive and what their houses look like?

Part 2:

Look at the different pictures.

- Where does person 1 live?

- Where does  person 2 live?

- Where does person 3  live?

- Where does person 4 live?


 Activity 2: A different home

Interview somebody who has lived abroad for several years.

Ask him/her to show you photographs or pictures of the surroundings and the houses.

If you do not know anybody who has lived abroad, you could interview somebody who has travelled to a distant country.

Prepare some interview questions. A few ideas are given below:
- What did the houses look like?
- Can you name some differences between our houses and their houses (heating, water supply, appearance)
- Do you have a picture of the house?


 Activity 3: Homes in my country

You’re going to design a home for your imaginary country.

First, start describing the country. This page might help you. 
- What is the average temperature?
- Does it rain a lot?
- What does the surrounding area look like (flat, mountains, lots of woodland)?
- Do you have water in your country (sea, lake)?

Before you start drawing, have your country checked by your teacher. 
- Draw your house.

Remember, your house should be adapted to the different surroundings and climate of your country.

Prepare a short presentation.
- Describe your country and the environment.
- Explain how the environment and conditions have been taken into account in your design.


5. Reflection

Write down three things you have learnt about.

Write down two things you would like to find out more about.

Choose one of these things, how could you find out more about it?

Buildings and Grounds learing wall

6. Conclusion


What does the house you have designed look like?

Is it very different from other houses?

What would you like to change about your own house?

7. Teacher notes

Age: 10-12 years


Activity 1: What do you need? (15 minutes)
Activity 2: A different home (20 minutes)
Activity 3: Homes in my country (45 minutes)

Curriculum / Subject (cross-curricular links):





Learning objectives:

By the end of the webquest all students will:

Have actively discussed and examined their answers with other students

Be able to recognise different living environments

Design a house taking into account different living environments

Activity 1:
Students investigate what they need to survive.  They recognise different living environments and are able to discuss how this might affect what people need. 

Output: A short report

Activity 2:
Pupils interview somebody they know who has lived abroad. An alternative is that the whole class interviews one person. (You or your students may know somebody who has lived abroad and who would like to share some of their experiences). Ask your interviewee to bring photograph and pictures to help the students to visualise that environment.

Output: A questionnaire and short report

Activity 3:
Pupils create their own country including the environment and climate.

Output: Drawing of a house and a list of environmental surroundings and climate.

Teacher assesment framework