Suggested Grade Level
Suggested Subject Matter
|4||Citizenship||English/Language Arts/Social Studies|
• Understand what it means to be a citizen of our classroom, the larger community and our country.
• Students will name characteristics of a good citizen and be able to role play or write about situations
that show people being good citizens.
Definition of Citizenship: The fact or status of being a citizen of a particular place and/or the qualities that a person is expected to have
as a responsible member of a community.
Core Value Focus: Citizenship
Recipient Focus: N/A
Read the book Do Something for Others: The Kids Book of Citizens by Anders Hanson (free to educators on Epic
at https://www.get epic.com/educators) Show several videos from https://disneycitizenkid.rebelmouse.com that meet
the needs of your students and your specific learning target. These videos show children being good citizens in a
variety of ways.
Have students brainstorm words/terms that describe what a good citizen is based on the book, the video clips, and student’s
background knowledge. This can be documented on chart paper, a Google doc or on a SmartBoard.
Small Group Activity: Students will choose to work in a small group to either act out a scenario on citizenship or create a comic
strip of the same scenarios. See handout for scenario ideas.
Concluding Activity: Exit Ticket - Randomly hand out an exit ticket to each student so that they can write down what it means
to be a good citizen as a check for understanding.
Book called Being a Good Citizen on YouTube
A Very Important Day by Maggie Rugg Harold
Exit Ticket on Citizenship
Citizenship Scenarios and Comic Strip Ideas
Big Start Big End Comic Page
Quote on the focus core value:
"Citizenship is a tough occupation which obliges the citizen to make his own informed opinion and stand by it." - Martha Gellhorn