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Citizenship in Action

Suggested Grade Level

Suggested Values

Suggested Subject Matter

Fourth Citizenship

LESSON TIME:
45 minutes


OBJECTIVES
Students will:

  • Understand what it means to be a citizen of the classroom, the larger community and the country
  • Name characteristics of a good citizen
  • Role play or write about situations that show people being good citizens


Materials Needed:

  • Do Something for Others: The Kids' Book of Citizenship by Anders Hanson
  • “Jenna, a Dairy Farmer – Citizen Kid by Disney” video (available through Internet search)
  • Citizenship scenarios (cut into strips)
  • Exit tickets on citizenship (cut into squares)


Introductory Activity:
Read Do Something for Others: The Kids' Book of Citizenship by Anders Hanson. Show “Jenna, a Dairy Farmer – Citizen Kid by Disney” video.

Have students brainstorm words or terms that describe a good citizen based on the book, the video, and their own background knowledge. Document the ideas on the board.


Small Group Activity:
Break students into small groups, and give each group one of the Citizenship Scenarios. Have each group act out their assigned scenario or create a comic strip depicting the actions. Each group will present their scenario to the class by acting out the actions or showing their comic strip.


Concluding Activity:
Randomly hand out an exit ticket to each student. Have students answer the question about citizenship that is listed on their ticket.


Assessment:
Participation, scenario or comic strip, exit tickets