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Citizenship: "I Am A Good Citizen"

Suggested Grade Level

Suggested Values

Suggested Subject Matter

2 Citizenship English/Language Arts/Social Studies

Objectives
Students will:
• Define the word citizenship.
• Discover what someone does when they are a good citizen
• Determine what qualities make a good citizen


Category: Primary

Core Value Focus: Citizenship

Introductory Activity: Teacher will read I am a Good Citizen by Mary Ann Hoffman. A student/students will
summarize the book for the class. Students will discuss their understanding of citizenship based on the story
I am a Good Citizen. As a class come up with a class definition for citizenship.

Write the class definition of citizenship on the board, for example: the qualities that a person is expected
to have as a responsible member of a community.


Small Group Activity: In small groups, students will discuss the five themes of citizenship. Using the scenario
cards, one student will read the card to the group and lead the discussion. Teachers can come up with their own
scenario cards to meet the needs for citizenship and responsibility in the classroom.

In groups, the students will complete the activity sheet determining the qualities of citizenship and qualities
showing lack of citizenship.

Concluding Activity:
Students will write cards and letters to thank service members. Students will send them to Operation Gratitude.
They will be delivered to deployed troops, new recruits, veterans, and wounded heroes. Add a heart to the class
citizenship medal.

Assessment:
Observation of discussion, class participation and completion of tasks

Extended Activities:
1. Watch the different videos about kids in Disney’s Citizen Kid series at
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kRMBIB3PpVQ&list=PLoBrweoVzpIDajWXBKb0i-eZIjHP516be
    Have students write a summary or list of the ways each kid was a good citizen.
2. Brainstorm ways they can show and recognize good citizenship in class and in school.
3. Create a circle map or written class definition of the core value citizenship to add to our class medal.

Resources:
Book, I am a Good Citizen by Mary Ann Hoffman
https://www.operationgratitude.com/writeletters/
http://www.educationworld.com/a_curr/curr008.shtml

Quote on the focus core value
“We are extremely lucky to live in a nation where dreams for our lives can be fulfilled.” - Melvin E. Biddle, Army-World War II

“A little consideration, a little thought for others, makes all the difference.” – Eeyore, Winnie the Pooh

Download lesson to view Group Name Worksheet and Scenario Cards.