At The Mustard Seed we focus on Building Community, Growing Hope, and Supporting Change. While we primarily serve individuals experiencing poverty and homelessness, we are also passionate about transformative educational opportunities for young learners. It is our desire to come alongside schools and teachers to support classroom learning.

Our engagement opportunities have been thoughtfully designed to align with Alberta Education curriculum and to develop conversations around themes such as empathy, giving back to the community, stereotypes & stigma, and our role as engaged citizens. In the midst of the Covid-19 pandemic we are working creatively to find new, innovative ways of engaging with schools and homeschool families. We welcome your ideas, and if you see an opportunity to work with us, we’d love to start with a conversation.

What We Offer

  • Five-day lesson plans and resources for each age group from grade 1 to 12
  • Each lesson is designed 30-45 minutes in length and can be taught as a stand-alone lesson, even as each day's material builds on the previous day(s).
  • Virtual or in-person presentations
  • Q&A / interview session before or after using the toolkit
  • Additional activity resources about poverty and homelessness

Community Engagement Team

Kirsten Schmaus

Community Engagement Coordinator

kirstenschmaus@theseed.ca

Hyeyoung Joo

Community Engagement Coordinator

hyeyoungjoo@theseed.ca

Resources

Lesson Plan

Day 1 Day 2 Day 3 Day 4 Day 5
Subject Poverty and Homelessness Causes of Poverty Indigenous People and Poverty / Homelessness COVID-19 and Poverty / Homelessness What Can We Do?
Grade 1 - 3

Book: On Our Street

Book: The Cardboard Shack Beneath The Bridge

Book: Whoever You Are

Book: What Do You Do With A Problem?

Book: Something Beautiful

Grade 4 - 6

Book: The Table Where Rich People Sit

Book: The Lunch Thief

Book: Shi-shi-etko

Book: What Do You Do With A Problem?

Book: The Can Man

Grade 7 - 9

Video: What Is Poverty?

Activity: Make the month

Book: I Am Not A Number

Videos: Life on the Street since COVID-19

Activity: N.I.M.B.Y. OR Y.I.M.B.Y.? You Decide

Grade 10 - 12

Book: Almost Home

Video: Hidden Homeless

Book: I Am Not A Number

Videos: Life on the Street since COVID-19

Activity: N.I.M.B.Y. OR Y.I.M.B.Y.? You Decide