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What is a Good Citizen?

Aid your students in becoming the best citizens they can be with this lesson that teaches students how to be, and what makes, a good citizen.
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Students will be able to understand what makes a good citizen, why we have rules, and why we need to follow authority.

(10 minutes)
  • Ask students what they think it means to be a good citizen.
  • Ask them for examples on how to be a good citizen.
(10 minutes)
  • Tell the students that a good citizen is a person who respects others and their property, is helpful, considerate, and willing to put others first, respects the environment and does not damage it in anyway, and is well mannered and pleasant.
  • Add any other characteristics of a good citizen that applies directly to your classroom or community.
  • Ask the students for their opinions on these characteristics.
(30 minutes)
  • Divide the students into groups of 2-3. Ask them to think of a scenario and how a good citizen would respond and how a bad citizen would respond. Example: You're at the grocery store and someone drops their wallet. What do you do?
  • Have the groups present their short skits to the class.
  • After all the groups have presented, brainstorm on the board what makes a good citizen and what makes a bad citizen.
(20 minutes)
  • Ask students to work on the I'm a Good Citizen worksheets individually.
  • Enrichment: For advanced students, let them write in their journals how they think a good citizen would act instead of having them work on the worksheets.
  • Support: For struggling students, you can help them think of ideas for the skits or you can write down scenarios on paper for them.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask students how a good citizen acts.
  • Ask students how a bad citizen acts.
(5 minutes)
  • Tell the students that good citizens are important in society.
  • Ask students to think of what they can do to be a good citizen.
  • Ask them what they plan to do to help their communities.

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