There are four main lessons to this citizenship unit. Within each lesson are a few activities. Depending of the age of your students, each lesson might take several days or weeks.
1. Lesson one: Citizenship scenarios and skits
Standards: CCRA.SL.1 and CCRA.SL.4
Students work in cooperative groups to create and act in their very own skit that will represent either a good citizen or a bad citizen. Older students may have success with creating their own skits. Younger students may be better with using the prompts provided for their citizenship scenario. When ready, invite another class to watch the skits! Lesson includes directions, pictures, letter to send to teachers, script for presentation, 4 scenario posters in color, and “positive choices” and “poor choices” templates.
2. Lesson two: Rights and responsibilities of U.S. citizens
Students will identify the rights and responsibilities of being a United States Citizen. A student reproducible packet includes: one page of the history of the constitution, one page of responsibilities and rights of citizens, and two reflection pages.
3. Lesson three: American symbols flip book
Standards: CCRA.R.5 and CCRA.R.4
Want a hands-on engaging way to teach your students about ten popular American symbols? Students will LOVE making this unique flip book. You can use these flip books as a guided reading, shared reading, or even close reading lesson. Students will be able to identify American symbols and the significance of each American symbol. There is a black and white and also a color option for you to choose from. (I like to use the color option as a completed example of the finished flip book for my students to see.) After reading about each American symbol, students reflect in their writing packet. There is a one page template for each American symbol.
4. Lesson four: My role model is a good U.S. citizen
Standards: CCRA.W.2 and CCRA.R.4
This day and age, students NEED a positive role model in their life. This lesson (taught over multiple days) not only teaches students about who role models might be, but also pays tribute to their role models. Students will identify their role model and the character traits that describe their role model. Students will explain why their role model demonstrates positive character traits by providing examples through their “my role model writing.” Student choose a body template to color and decorate (there are 15 options for students to choose from) and glue down the traits that describe their role model surrounding the body template. This makes an adorable bulletin board! Don’t forget to have your students give their finished project to their role model as a “thank you!”
If you have any questions, please ask me!