Children of Heaven – Iran

View All Countries

Please fill out the form and you'll see a link to download.

*  Email Address:
First Name:
Last Name:
School / Institution Name:
* - required

The Film – Children of Heaven

Children of Heaven is a contemporary Iranian film about families, compassion, moral responsibilities and issues of limited resources. This film, shot in and around Tehran, follows the lives of two siblings who are forced to share one pair of shoes after an unfortunate accident. Not wanting to burden their struggling parents, the children must work together and find a solution to deal with this significant loss. The film shows the inner strength we have when faced with adversity.

Purchase Film at

Download FREE Intro and Table of Contents

Download FREE Notes to the Teacher

Download Common Core Standards

Authors: John Egbert, Mari Haas, Pat McCarthy, Eileen Mattingly, Deenah Dunkelman Mollin, Sarah Rainsberger and Dede Sinclair

The Curriculum Guide – Available FREE

This interdisciplinary curriculum guide for educators based on the film “Children of Heaven” includes 10 lesson plans that cover math, science, language arts, social studies, media literacy, visual arts and specialty areas. It is available in both print and electronic versions.

Watch Our Video

Lesson Plans

  1. Social Studies | The Islamic Republic of Iran
  2. Media Literacy | Viewing Children of Heaven
  3. Language/Visual Literacy | Understanding Children of Heaven
  4. Film-specific Cross-Cultural Understanding | Perspectives on Iranian Culture
  5. Social Studies | My Home is Tehran
  6. Media Literacy/Language Arts | Film as Storytelling
  7. General Cross-Cultural Understanding | Put Yourself in Someone Else’s Shoes
  8. Mathematics | Keeping Secrets
  9. Science | Iran: The Land of Earthquakes
  10. Art | Persian Carpets

Additional themes explored through the guide are:

  • Social Economics
  • Iran as Land of Contrast
  • Middle East
  • Belief systems
  • Islam
  • Urban life
  • Setting and achieving goals
  • Coming of age / responsibility
  • Iranian traditions and culture

Choose Your Preferred Format

Download Full Curriculum Guide | 10 Lesson Plans Download
Children of Heaven IntroductionDownload
Children of Heaven Country ProfileDownload
Children of Heaven Assessment SuggestionsDownload
Social Studies | The Islamic Republic of IranDownload
Media Literacy | Viewing Children of HeavenDownload
Language Arts/Visual Literacy | Understanding Children of HeavenDownload
Cross Cultural Understanding | Perspectives on Iranian CultureDownload
Social Studies | My Home is TehranDownload
Language Arts/Media Literacy | Film as StorytellingDownload
Cross Cultural Understanding | Put Yourself in Someone Else’s ShoesDownload
Mathematics | Keeping SecretsDownload
Science | Iran: The Land of EarthquakesDownload
Arts | Persian CarpetsDownload

Films & Lesson Plans
Defiant Requiem
Experience the power of the human spirit to create art and beauty under the most deplorable circumstances of the Holocaust.
Learn More   
The Dhamma Brothers
Witness the transformative power of spiritual practice inside a maximum security prison of the deep south.
Learn More   
Please Vote for Me
Share a thought-provoking lesson on Democracy with your students, and discover Chinese culture and more along the way.
Learn More   
Children of Heaven
Help your students understand cultures of the Middle East through Iranian cuisine, geography, and other social studies lessons.
Learn More   
Beat the Drum
Follow young Musa's quest for survival, understanding, and community while learning about HIV/AIDS.
Learn More  
Whale Rider
Explore cultural changes across generations, as young Pai becomes the first female leader of a Maori community.
Learn More   
The Way Home
Teach students about inter-generational conflict and globalization.
Learn More   
The Cup
Immerse your students in the traditions and culture of Tibet through this award-winning film.
Learn More   
Like Stars On Earth
Explore India’s culture through Bollywood and a young boy's struggle with dyslexia and bullying.
Learn More   
Join Our Community