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For teachers - ages 9-11 Geography: Activity Sheet: Make A Little Difference

Teaching Tools, 4 April 2007

  • All the people on the video are children. They come from different countries. Name all the countries of origin mentioned on the video that you can remember

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  • Write down the reasons which the children gave for their running away from their own countries

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  • The refugee children live in refugee camps. What did the children say that they missed having?

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  • How would you describe the faces of the refugee children as they speak about their lives?

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  • How do you think the refugee children spend their days in the refugee camps? Playing?

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  • Why do you think the video is entitled "Make a Little Difference"?

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  • How can you as a child make a little difference? How can you make a difference when you are grown up?

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