A Unit Plan with 5 FULL Lessons that coincide with the 3rd Grade Missouri Social Studies Learning Standards.
Missouri Learning Standards
S.S.1.A.3 Identify and explain why cities make laws and ordinances
S.S.1.B.3 Discuss and apply responsibilities of citizens including respect for the rights of others and treating others fairly (justice)
S.S.1.C.3a State the main purpose of the Declaration of Independence
S.S.1.C.3b Identify the purpose of the Constitution
S.S.1.D.3 Explain how the National Anthem symbolizes our nations
S.S.7.A.3b Identify, use, and create primary and secondary sources (diaries, letters, people, interviews, journals, and photos)
Theme 2: Time Continuity and Change
Theme 3: People, Places, and Environment
Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance
Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices
Short Description of Full Lessons that are included:
Lesson One: Students will gain the knowledge needed to determine what a responsible US citizen is and be able to give examples of how they can be responsible citizens now and later on in life. On day one, students will watch a brainpop video on rules/responsibilities and fill out a corresponding worksheet. Then, on the second day, students will create a rights and responsibilities booklet.
Lesson Two: Students will study the United States Constitution and be able to recognize why it is an important part of our history and their every day lives, the three parts to the Constitution (specifically the Preamble), and then practice placing a vote.
Lesson Three: Students will be able to become acquainted with the national anthem. Students will be able to learn that our flag is a symbol of freedom. Students will create their own flag.
Students will be familiar with the Declaration of Independence. Students will be able to relate the Declaration of Independence to the fourth of July. Students will study the higher level vocabulary used in the document and define important terms.
Lesson Five: Students will create their own imaginary country and act as the leader and create specific laws, rules, rights, and responsibilities for their country. Laws can be silly like in the story or serious. They will draw out their country, list their laws, responsibilities, rights, etc. and then produce a creative writing piece about their country.
-Students will define and understand what a law is
-Students will explain the purpose of laws
-Students will be able to give examples of laws
-Students will discuss rights and responsibilities of US citizens
-Students will give examples of their own daily rights and responsibilities
-Students will understand the meaning of justice
-Students will describe how justice is used in society
-Students will be able to describe the purposes of important documents such as: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The National Anthem
-Students will recognize The Star Spangled Banner as the National Anthem
-Students will learn to interpret symbolism in important US documents
-Students will study primary and secondary sources of important US documents such as: The Declaration of Independence, The Constitution, and The National Anthem