We have compiled resources, lesson plans, book lists and videos to support parents and teachers as they explore the refugee crisis with their children. It can be troubling for children to imagine that other children just like them have to run away from their homes to remain safe. The following resources can help students approach the topic in age-appropriate ways.

Trauma-Informed Guides

Tent Schools International has developed three guides for educators, mentors and parents working with displaced and/or post-trauma children by pediatric occupational therapist Jessica Roost. These guides are available as books on Amazon.com, or as free PDF files for download.

  • The Inclusive Classroom – a practical training manual to effectively teach students with learning challenges or disabilities (download a free digital PDF)
  • Beyond PTSD: a Trauma-Informed Guide for Educators (download a free digital PDF or order the book)
  • Nature as Therapy: Using the Great Outdoors as a Therapeutic and Educational Tool (request a free copy or order the book)

Lesson Plans

National Geographic Introduction to Human Migration

Interactive video of the choices refugees must make

Facing History: Understanding the Global Refugee Crisis

Brown University: Mapping a Crisis

National Education Association


Our Children’s Newsletter

TSI Kids Newsletter



After Spring is a feature documentary that focuses on the Syrian refugee crisis. With the Syrian conflict now in its seventh year, millions of people continue to be displaced. AFTER SPRING is the story of what happens next. By following two refugee families in transition and aid workers fighting to keep the camp running, viewers will experience what it is like to live in Zaatari, the largest camp for Syrian refugees. With no end in sight for the conflict or this refugee crisis, everyone must decide if they can rebuild their lives in a place that was never meant to be permanent. World Premiere at Tribeca Film Festival 2016.




Human Flow – Artist, activist and director Ai Weiwei captures the global refugee crisis – the greatest human displacement since World War II – in this breathtakingly epic film journey.






Children’s Books

Teacup by Rebecca Young – Readers of all ages will find much to connect with in this simple and lovely tale of a boy who must leave his home and find another. He sets off alone in a rowboat, with only a book, a blanket, and some earth from his homeland in a teacup. Young’s story doesn’t shy away from the loneliness and uncertainty the boy experiences, but the story ends on a hopeful note when he finds land and a much-needed friend.





Lost and Found Cat by Doug Kuntz and Amy Shrodes follows an Iraqi family’s escape from Mosul — by car, by foot, and by boat — all with their beloved pet, Kunkush, in tow, until Kunkush escapes his carrier. The family is heartbroken, but Kunkush fortunately ends up in the hands of Amy, a woman volunteering with refugees in Greece, who grows determined to reunite the cat with his original family. This moving true story will inspire discussions with young readers about what it means to be a refugee, the unexpected consequences of being displaced, and the importance of kindness.




The Journey by Francesca Sanna – Sanna writes that The Journey began when she met two young girls at an Italian refugee center, then “began collecting more stories of migration and interviewing many people from many different countries.” The striking result, in a setting that is not specified, is a simple yet powerful illustration of the anxiety, exhaustion, and heartbreak a family faces when displaced by war and conflict, as well as the courage and hope of their journey.

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