- First Grade
- 55 minutes
- Standards: RI.1.7
It’s not a bird! It’s not a plane! It’s a Super Citizen! In this superhero lesson on citizenship, students will learn about the concepts of good citizenship while simultaneously getting a lesson on positive behavior!
The students will be able to identify characteristics of good citizenship in a community, explain and describe positive actions that represent citizenship in a community, and be able to link good citizenship to their own positive behavior.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Tell the students that you have some exciting news for the students and that they are going to learn how to become superhero super citizens!
- Ask the students to tell you what they already know about famous heroes. Ask them how heroes help others.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Display the I’m a Good Citizen #1 worksheet on an interactive whiteboard or enlarge and display it at the front of the classroom.
- Invite your students to look at the pictures and think about which picture shows the “Super Citizen.”
- Model the process of finding that person who is being a good citizen and then draw a picture that shows another way that someone can show good citizenship.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Distribute large sticky notes or squares of white paper (approximately 4”X4”), pencils, and crayons.
- Tell the students that you would like them to draw a picture of good citizenship.
- As needed, guide students by asking them how they can help others or make good choices. Then, encourage them to draw a picture of that action.
- Invite students to bring their drawings up to the board and post them so that all students can see.
- Ask students to find the superhero actions of the super citizens.
Independent Working Time (20 minutes)
- Tell the students that they will be working on creating their own cape that shows “I can…” statements of their own good citizenship.
- As needed, guide students in brainstorming ways they can be super citizens.
- Distribute copies of the Super Citizens capes and tell the students to draw pictures of how they can be good citizens on the cape.
- Have the students write statements about how they can be a good citizen. For example, they could write I can help my friend carry a bag.
- After the students have decorated their Super Citizen capes, have them create a person to represent themselves, cutting a circle out of the multicolored paper to represent the head and a large section to represent the body. If desired, use the template for students to trace a head and body.
- Have the students glue yarn for hair on the construction paper head so that it looks like the person is facing away.
- Ask the students to glue the cape onto the body and head and then post the picture on the bulletin board.
- Enrichment: For students who are more advanced, have them create a cartoon strip sequence of a person who is being a good citizen. Encourage them to write captions or sentences to go with each picture. Note: A cartoon strip can easily be made by folding a piece of construction paper in half, cutting it apart, and then folding it back and forth, accordion style.
- Support: Use a slideshow of pictures as a support for students to reference as they think of ideas. As needed, use the I’m a Good Citizen #3 worksheet to teach more about actions that represent good citizenship.
- Create a digital slideshow of pictures that exemplify good citizenship.
- Use a digital camera (with parental permission) and have students act out ways to show good citizenship. Use pictures to create a slideshow presentation.
Related Books and/or Media
- BOOK: Being a Good Citizen by Adrian Vigliano
- BOOK: Carmin Cares by Karen Kilpatrick
- BOOK: Kids Care: 75 Ways to Make a Difference by Rebecca Olien
- VIDEO: Kids for Character: Citizenship by Gary Eisenberg
- VIDEO: Being a Good Citizen by APPUSERIES
- VIDEO: Ordinary Kids Doing Extraordinary Things by Babble
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Distribute the I’m a Good Citizen #2 worksheet.
- Read the directions aloud and have the students circle the picture of good citizenship and create a drawing of good citizenship in the box.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Direct the students’ attention to the specified area of the classroom, such as a bulletin board, poster board, or part of a wall.
- Tell the students that the wall will be the Super Citizen Wall.
- Using one small strip of paper, post the first example on the wall. For example, you could say that Sarah was a Super Citizen when she threw her milk carton in the trash.
- Explain to the students that you will be looking for other super citizen actions and ask students to brainstorm other examples of good citizenship.
- Over the course of the following days, weeks, and months, continue highlighting the good citizenship of students by posting on the board.